2020 Census Question Asking Black Folks for Their Exact Origin Sparks Concern 


Census respondents can identify as “Nigerian” or “Jamaican” on the new questionnaire. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)

New changes are coming to the 2020 census, including an area asking Black Americans to designate their nation of origin.

Under the check box for “Black or African-American,” the U.S. Census Bureau is adding a space on its questionnaire for participants to write in their non-Hispanic origins, according to a January memo from the head of the 2020 census obtained by NPR. “African American,” “Jamaican” and “Nigerian” are just some of the options the bureau is testing for the 2020 census.

The “white” category will also include a write-in area for national origins, NPR reported, where respondents can identify as English, Italian, Egyptian or German, among…

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