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Worried that I would not be able to afford college, I spent the better part of my senior year of high school applying to dozens of scholarships. I grew frustrated as I read through the eligibility criteria of multiple scholarships that deemed me ineligible.
I sent s hoping that perhaps they would understand: I am Middle Eastern, not white. But it was to no avail. Arab communities have spent decades lobbying the U. Census Bureau to create a separate category for themselves. However, inthe Bureau decided to ask respondents to write in which country they are from after selecting their race, with Egyptian, for example, as an option under white for the census, which is already underway in Alaska.
This option is not enough. Categorizing Arabs as white or black is inaccurate because much like Latinx communities, Middle Easterners and North Africans are racially diverse even within the Arab countries they hail from. By indiscriminately characterizing Arabs as white, the Census and the many organizations that use their race and ethnicity definitions erase the different racial identities that Arab Americans hold.
Instead, we are left in limbo, neither seen as white in American society nor considered minorities by the government. Beyond these identity issues, the lack of representation of Arabs on the U. Census has had other ificant consequences for our communities. Population data is used for many purposes including political redistricting, the allocation of resources to communities, and the assessment of racial disparities in healthcare.
The exclusion of North African and Middle Eastern communities from the Census has resulted in a lack of political power, health data, and social services. Diversity recruitment programs and scholarships for minority students often rely on Census definitions of race and thus exclude Middle Eastern and North African applicants. The end result is that our communities are neglected by both the federal government and private institutions.
Despite the overwhelming consequences of our lack of inclusion, some Arab Americans have legitimate concerns about a separate MENA box.
The Arab American existence has been inextricably tied to government surveillance due to media and government branding of us as terrorists, radicals, and extremists. Attacking Muslim communities has been a timeless government pursuit from George W. This concern is justified. If only my whiteness could help me in those circumstances. The U. In contrast, 81 percent of white respondents indicated that they felt that they belong, the highest of all racial or ethnic subgroups. Despite these dishearteningit was validating that the University acknowledged our very existence and that we may have unique struggles as a separate ethnic group by including a Middle Eastern category.
Perhaps the Census will give Arab Americans minority status through a distinct Census classification without fear of surveillance, but instead with pride in their heritage. Want to keep up with breaking news?
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