URGENT ACTION NEEDED REGARDING THE CENSUS
A comment period has opened with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to express your thoughts on combining the Latino ethnicity question with the racial identity question. If this change goes through, this will be the first time in US history where Latinos/as of Mixed Ancestry will be able to identify a mixed identity. The OMB sets standards for the entire federal government to follow, including the Census Bureau, as well as state and local governments and agencies that do business with the federal government.
Please click HERE to access the comment page to leave your comment. You may cut and paste the text below:
“I support Office and Management and Budget (OMB) standards that combine Latino/Hispanic identity and racial identity as a single question. This format better reflects the experience of Latinos in our society. This change will also allow more accurate counts of the Latino and mixed Latino/non-Latino population. This change meets the OMB’s guiding principles including “respecting individual dignity” to further express mixed self-identification that is currently missing.”
You do not have to be mixed Latino to care about mixed Latino identity. Leave your comment to show your support for all people to have greater freedom to identify.
Almost 20 years ago when this issue was last considered, one of the reasons cited for not allowing mixed Latino and non-Latino identity was lack of comments. Your comment is important! Let yourself be heard.
To learn more about the proposed change visit the Federal Register’s website HERE.
To read MASC’s full comment on this proposal click HERE.
To learn more about MASC’s on-going national advocacy click HERE.