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Sorting People: Current U.S. Racial Categories

See how the U.S. sort out people by different traits

Nick Trent

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of Sorting People: Current U.S. Racial Categories

People are different in many different ways like skin color, hair color, shape, size, and where your from. Other people people who are different then others will try to group people into their own groups. Is There a Correct Way to
Group People?
According to the U.S. Federal Government there is, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino,
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White are all different ways the U.S. group people. What makes a person American Indian or Alaskan Native? If they are originally from North or South America which includes Central America, and that still do tribal things or community recognition. What makes a person Asian?
If they have origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. What makes a person Black or African American?
Is a person that has origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa, these people in the past have been know as a "Haitian" or "Negro" also calling them "Black" or "African American". What makes a person Hispanic or Latino?
A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture of origin, regardless of race, "Spanish origin" can be added to "Hispanic or Latino". Sorting People: Current U.S. Census Racial Categories
By: Nick Trent What makes a person Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander?
A person is a Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander if they have origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. What makes a person White?
A person is white if they have origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. Do we really need these Why do we keep these categories around?
The government's definition of these groups aren't perfect, but we do need racial classification because our society is still unequal in terms of race. For example, does being White have the same meaning as being Black, Latino, or Native American? Andrew Hacker, Sociologist, made an experiment to test this. He asked a group of white college students if they would consider changing their race and living the rest of their lives as Black, and if yes how much money they thought was fair for making the change. The amount of money the students agreed on was $50 million - $1 million per year for the next 50 years. The question remains if all races are the same then why does money have any part in this? There would be a lot of things that we wouldn't know if we didn't track race data. For example, schools now are more separated in different race and other groups then they were in 1960! Also we wouldn't know that there's a huge wealth difference between African Americans and whites. Another thing we wouldn't know is that Native Americans have the highest rates of diabetes, also that one out of every four Latinos lives below the poverty line or that the number of hate crimes against South Asians and Arab Americans has increased exponentially since September 11, 2001. Sources:
http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_02-godeeper.htm http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_02-godeeper.htm
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