Require the Collection of Specific Black American Demographic Data in New York State.

Require the Collection of Specific Black American Demographic Data in New York State.

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U.S. Freedmen Project started this petition to New York State House and

U.S. Freedmen (descendants of chattel Slavery) as well as Black Caribbeans, African immigrants and the Black Central and South American immigrant population are an incredibly diverse group. 

While Black Americans are often misrepresented as a homogeneous group, they are an extremely diverse group, with ethnicities from over 87 different countries. Although U.S. Freedmen, Black Caribbean Immigrants, African Immigrants, and those from Central and South America in this state share geographical and cultural commonalities, they also experience diverse social, educational, health, and economic differences that are unique to their respective communities.


Existing state law requires state demographic data to be collected for Black as a singular ethnic group. However, precedence has been set by both the recent passing of NY Assembly Bill A6896A requiring the collection of certain demographic information by certain state agencies, boards and commissions within the Asian communities. Precedence was also set on the most recent US census which disaggregated both Asian and Latino groups.


State Agencies  should collect and update data on a regular basis and make it  accessible to the public so that regional and local governments, elected officials, decision makers, and other stakeholders can use the information to strategically target programs for those most in need.


Given the diversity of languages, cultures, and specific historical oppression, separating data between black ethnic groups and making the data publicly accessible are critical for enhancing our state's understanding of the needs and experiences of these different communities.

We call upon the state of New York to immediately pass legislation to disaggregate the ethnic data of its Black population. We believe in good faith that our community can benefit from the same specificity that has been rightfully granted to the Asian community. 

Of specific note, we believe that Black Americans (U.S. Freedmen) who descended from chattel slavery carry a unique accrued disadvantage.  The impacts of this disadvantage are present day outcomes in regards to poverty, policing, education and many other facets of daily life. It is important that our voices are seen and heard, not just lumped together as one singular group based on skin complexion or lineage lost to centuries that could be traced back to countless different countries in the vast Continent of Africa

Furthermore we believe that our brothers and sisters from across the diaspora who now call America home deserve for their unique voices and needs in this state to be heard and recognized.

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