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How many census race boxes did you check?

Today I learned two things about President Obama.

Breaking news clued me into the fact that the President is currently in Los Angeles (where I live), to assist in a fundraising dinner for Barbara Boxer. With tickets for couples costing upwards of $35,000 to attend this fancy dinner, I can’t help but think—you know if he could just stay in town for like a week and have lots of these fancy meals with rich people, California could fix this budget mess we’re in! HA! But since that isn’t gonna happen, let’s talk about what else was brought to my attention today.

With the pricey promotional campaign currently in progress, no school age American can honestly say they haven’t heard about the 2010 Census The once every ten year census report findings provide critical data to many programs, organizations, and more. Look up at a billboard near you and you get the idea that it’s a big deal. One of the few simple questions regards race.

In the 2000 census 784,764 U.S. of the populace described their race as white and black.  (Just black and white alone, I don’t even have the stats on the other combinations!) The 2000 census was the first time an allowance was provided for more than one racial marking.

That year roughly 7 million people, or 2.4 percent of the U.S. population, chose that option.

We are a melting pot of racial heritages, many within our own personal lineage. I agree with statements that people are allowed to identify how they choose to represent themselves, but I also live by this logic: (source Washington examiner article)

“The logic is simple for Ryan Graham, the brown-skinned son of a white-black marriage who defines himself as multiracial.

“Say you’re wearing a black-and-white shirt. Somebody asks, ‘What color is your shirt?’ It’s black and white. There you go. People ask me, ‘What race are you?’ I say I’m black and white. It’s that simple,” said Graham, a 25-year-old sales consultant from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.”

Others don’t see it that way because of personal life experiences.

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