Correcting the Race and Ethnic section on U.S. Applications
Dear Concerned Citizens,
I am writing this letter to inform you about the racial misdefinitions that are on some U.S. Government Applications and Documents, which include US Citizenship applications, Government job applications, etc. The U.S. Census Bureau have done this and have been doing for years in this country. According to the U.S. Government, the natural origins of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are White. This statement is labeled on many US Government applications and U.S. Citizenship documents across the country. Now, we all know that most of the natural origins of Europe are White, but most of the people in North Africa and the Middle East are not White. Many are multiracial people because of years of intermixing in those regions. Some are Black, Brown and yes some are also White people. However, most of the people speak Arabic and consider themselves Arabs.
Now, in this country, we have an ethnic section for the Hispanics. Many Hispanics are multiracial people and some are Black, Brown and White and many are mixed of various races including African, Indian, European, etc. However, this country gives them one ethnic section and call them all Hispanic. Some applications ask whether they are Black Hispanics, White Hispanics, etc. Well, I was thinking if the government could do this for the Hispanics, then why not do the same for Arabs and just give them an ethnic section on these government applications and call them Arabs or Middle Easterns. I just don’t think it is right to call people of color, who have been discriminated against, just like Black Americans and Hispanics have in this country, to call and consider them White people.
Arabs have also faced more discrimination during the American Presidential campaign in 2008. One White lady who was obviously prejudice and who supported John McCain in the 2008 election, actually thought that Barack Obama was an Arab, and according to her, being an Arab was worst than being a Black American. So why would this U.S. Government put them down as White people when that is obviously not true and they’re being discriminated against by Whites?
Could you stand with me by asking President Obama to please give the Arabs their own ethnic section on U.S. Citizenship documents, etc? As you all may know, the U.S. Census still considers the North Africans and Middle Eastern people White, and for years, Arabs have been miscounted in this country. Because they were counted as White Americans, many people thought that there were more White people in this country than there actually were. No one counted the Arabs. There was one survey that was conducted some years ago by Gallup.com to find out how many Muslims were in America and what their experiences were like in America. During the count, many people thought that there were lots of White Americans who converted to Islam, but that wasn’t the case. Arab Muslims had checked the box on the application that called them White and so it was a miscount and no one actually knew how many Arab Muslims were in America and many still do not know till this day. Let us ask the President to please consider changing this and make sure every American is counted properly and every one can check the appropriate box of their ethnicity. Please sign your name to the online petition which will be delivered to the White House, asking the President to make these corrections immediately so every race or ethnicity can be counted properly in America.
P.S. Here is an example from an AmeriCorps.gov application,
What is your ethnicity? Hispanic or Latina/o Not Hispanic or Latina/o
What is your race?
American Indian or Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. A Person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
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