COMMENT PERIOD OPEN WITH OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sets the federal standards for collecting race and ethnicity data by all federal agencies such as the Census Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Justice, etc. As part of MASC’s advocacy mission we bring issues relevant to the multiracial community, especially events that require action from you!
MASC has reviewed the OMB’s recent request for public comment and have prepared the following response to their most critical questions. Note the questions have been paraphrased:
How much consideration should be given to the cost and schedule to local, state, and federal governments from implementing the new federal standards? Should detailed race and ethnicity data collection be encouraged or required?
“The combined race and ethnicity question should be implemented and required with all due haste at all levels. The last change to the standards in 1997 were delayed several years and not implemented consistently across agencies and at all levels of government. Delaying implementation causes a delay in our understanding of our nation’s diversity and delays the ability to enforce civil rights legislation. The cost to society of delaying these standards is immeasurable and outweighs the cost to government agencies. The government belongs to the people and this is a wise investment.
We also support the OMB’s efforts to provide guidelines regarding race and ethnicity as social constructs when forming public policy.”
What do we need from you?
Feel free to cut and paste the above statement or write your own and submit to the following site HERE.
To learn more about the comment period please visit the Federal Register HERE.
To read MASC’s full comment on this proposal click HERE.
ON-GOING NATIONAL ADVOCACY
As part of MASC’s advocacy mission we have chosen to promote practical initiatives of importance to the multiracial community. Below you will find position statements that serve this particular purpose.
These position statements have been thoughtfully crafted based on our experience serving the multiracial community for over 25 years. Among our many achievements, we were instrumental in changing the Census to allow “mark one or more” races. It is our intent to make these initiatives a reality in the same way.
The multiracial community includes racially mixed people, interracial couples, and transracially adoptive families.
Learn more about the initiatives
To help you learn more about these initiatives and to engage in dialog with MASC about them we have created The Multiracial Advocate blog site. Various dimensions of these initiatives will be explored by contributing writers from MASC and other thought leaders. So be sure to follow this blog and check-in from time-to-time to stay on top of how this movement develops.
Show your support
Ready to join this movement? We have created the Multiracial National Advocacy Survey where you can show your support for each of these issues, all together or individually, and add your name to a growing list of supporters. At the conclusion of the survey you will receive a special badge that you can carry with you to remind yourself of these initiatives and share with friends, family, and all acquaintances.
- We call upon the Office of Management and Budget to revise standards to allow for mixed Latino and non-Latino identification.
- We call upon all federal agencies and federally funded agencies, schools, and programs that collect racial demographic information to be in compliance with Office of Management and Budget Directive No. 15.
- We call upon all corporations (for profit and non-profit) that collect racial demographic information to adopt a methodology that respects multiracial identity.
- We call upon the California Department of Finance to convene a racially diverse advisory committee, including person(s) of mixed heritage, to review their methodology for tabulating racial demographics.