Update: Caribbean Census Bill Not A Race Category
Early this morning, we wrote that Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) has proposed legislation to create a new race category, Caribbean, as part of the 2010 Census. MyTwoCensus is the first organization to share with the public the official message CaribID, the organization that has lobbied for this legislation. In the wake of the initial Caribbean race category story, the new press release clarifies the facts and myths regarding what is being sought by this group and its supporters. Here’s the nitty-gritty:
CaribPR Newswire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 28, 2009: The Caribbean Census bill introduced in the Congress by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke on April 23rd is not a push for a race category but one for an accurate self-identifying ancestry category, CaribID official insisted Monday.
The clarification comes in response to a number of media reports that erroneously reported that the bill is a call for a race category and therefore is a move to divide some ethnic groupings, particularly the African American or black bloc.
CaribID founder, Felicia Persaud, insisted that the bill is to enable Caribbean nationals, who are of varied races, cultures and identities across the 26 countries in the Caribbean region to not only tick their race group on the Census forms, but like Hispanics, be able to tick their ancestry as well.