See Every Term the US Census Has Used to Describe Black Americans

Especially notable is that before 1960, Americans didn’t even have the option of picking their own race; it was the census taker’s job to do it for them. Which means that in 1890, for example, census takers were tasked with figuring out whether multiracial families counted as “mulatto,” “quadroon,” or “octoroon.”

It’s another illustration of how our understanding of what race is, and who belongs to which race, keeps shifting over time — even though people of every era are convinced that the racial divisions of their era are just scientific fact.


Trans people count. Watch Laverne Cox’s full interview on The Daily Show here.

Mexico Declares International Decade for People of African Descent
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Photo: José Carlo González
La Jornada

: César Arellano García

Translated by Jillian Droste 

The International Decade for People of African Descent, which began January 1st, is an opportunity to bring about social and cultural change through respect for and recognition of the populations in this sector of the Mexican population. This means recognizing their historical, cultural, and hereditary contributions to the country, with the goal of combating discrimination against them, stated the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination (Conapred).

They pointed out that there are more than 400 Afro-Mexican communities in seven states—principally in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Veracruz, followed by Coahuila, Michoacán, Chiapas (a region of Soconusco) and Tabasco [except for Coahuila which borders Texas, and Veracruz, which runs south to north along the Gulf Coast, these are southern states].

The organization reaffirmed its commitment to promoting recognition of those peoples belonging to the African diaspora and to the opportunity to make Afro-Mexican history known.

“One of these efforts is the inclusion of a question about self-description as an Afro-Mexican for the intercensal survey that the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) will use in 2015. This question will deal with whether or not those surveyed consider themselves—with respect to their culture, history, and traditions—to be Afro-Mexican/Descendants of Africa. The names used include Negro [

Black], Mazcogo*  Mulato [mixed African-Indigenous], Prieto [dark-skinned], Jarocho [from Veracruz], Costeño [from the coast], etc.

This,” said Conapred, “is one of the efforts Mexico will make to fulfill the goal of the Decade. Upon recognizing people of African descent as a specific group, it will enable them to be brought to light, and to rely upon the statistics that will help them to exercise their human rights.” 

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Laverne Cox demands US asks questions about LGBT communities on census
‘It’s a matter of life and death … LGBT people exist, we are a vital part of the fabric of this country and we just want to be counted.’

Laverne Cox has joined members of Congress in calling upon the US government to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on the US Census. The actress joined several Democratic politicians yesterday at Capitol Hill in Washington DC at a press conference on the LGBT Data Inclusion Act, which was proposed last month by Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva.

The act – which faces a great challenge in being passed through the current, Republican-controlled Congress – would make federal questionnaires include voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity alongside those about race, age and income.

‘If you’re not on paper, you’re invisible when it comes to the federal government,’ said California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra, ‘and it’s time that we allowed all Americans to come out of the shadows, to live a life the way so many of us take for granted.’


for any fellow canadian nb/trans people filling out the census, there is a way to mark yourself as a non-binary gender through omission of information, so long as you’re willing to explain the reason behind the omission.

and if you aren’t non-binary, please consider reading through the above link as well. even if you mark your gender as binary, writing comments that advocate for more gender-neutral language and non-binary gender options will help a lot.

(the information i linked above includes examples of what to write, but here’s what i said in the comments section on the final page, if you want another:

“As someone who does not identify within the gender binary, I was unable to answer question E-2 of the census, as I do not wish to be classified under any binary gender for the purposes of statistics. The 2021 census should include a non-binary gender option (or, preferably, many options) in order for its resulting statistics to better represent trans and gender non-conforming Canadians.”)

anyway, feel free to reblog this to spread the word about this! i want to help prevent as many people as possible from feeling obligated to choose from options that do not accurately reflect their identities.

Hey guys, I’ve made a survey for the Danger Days fandom. You do not have to be active in the fandom to participate–you just have to be a fan of DD in the past or present. The survey consists of multiple-choice questions about your general experience and shouldn’t take long to complete. All questions are optional.

The survey will be open until Saturday, August 13th. Soon afterward, the overall results will be posted on Tumblr. I think it’ll be pretty interesting to learn more about this fandom and what people are getting out of it.

Click here to take the survey!

Census will begin counting married same-sex couples as families

After years of telling married same-sex couples they were little more than roommates, the Census Bureau will finally begin to include them in its regular count of American families in one of its surveys. 

The 2013 American Community Survey results will combine the 180,000 married same-sex couples into its data on the 56 million families in the United States. Same-sex couples have been counted in Census data before, but their stats were never included with the information on “families” - until now. 

Because of the large disparity between the number of gay and straight married households, combining the two is not expected to have a significant effect on the statistics that scholars and planners use to analyze how families are changing. Its significance is largely symbolic of the growing acceptance of gays in American society. …

Census officials hope the accuracy will be improved by the 2020 Census. They are testing questions that they hope to introduce in surveys — but not until 2016. People will be given four explicit options to check about their relationship — opposite-sex spouses, opposite-sex unmarried partners, same-sex spouses or same-sex partners. They also will be asked whether they are in a registered domestic partnership or a civil union.

Our families are no different from yours. Count us equally. Please and thanks. 

Where do Poles live?

There is no one simple answer to that. Most Poles live in the cities, although the middle class is gradually moving to the suburbs. Most Poles live in the South, in very densely populated regions of Upper Silesia and Lesser Poland, although since 1989 the emerging Warsaw’s financial hub attracts more and more young Poles.

This dot map shows distribution of Poles as recorded on March 31, 2011 - the day of 2011 National Census. One dot depicts 50 people and aggregation level is census tract.

I would like to thank Mr Mirosław Migacz from Główny Urząd Statystyczny (Main Statistics Office) who let me know about this data.


The Obama administration’s proposed overtime rules would make nearly 5 million white-collar workers newly eligible for time-and-a-half, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Most of them, we estimate, would be retail and food service managers, office administrators, low-level financial workers and other modestly paid managers and office professionals.

MORE: Proposal could make nearly 5 million workers newly eligible for overtime

Hispanic term and the racism in itself

I can’t even begin to explain why the term “Hispanic” makes me cringe on so many levels.
The term was coined in the 60’s during the Nixon administration who felt the need to add the term to describe and categorize the growing population of people from countries in Central and South America. It derives from the Latin term “Hispania” meaning Spain. People from Countries below the U.S. are not just Spanish, they are Mestizo of Native and other European countries. Hispanic connects back to Columbus and what he founded, Hispaniola, which was an island in the Caribbean, never did he actually settle in the actual American continent.
Hispanic is a term coined to us by our oppressors. What does Hispanic look like when we are a complete mix? We know what White, Black, Native, and Asian look like.
The problem with many places asking for your race and/or ethnicity is the option of “Non-White Hispanic”. This brings racism into people that are already being oppressed. It makes those descending from Central and Southern American countries believe that there is a privilege in being light skin and brings racism and oppression towards those who are not. Racism in an oppressed race.
As the daughter of a light skin Mexican and a dark skin Mexican, I’ve seen my parents struggle in filling out papers such as the census, and when it comes to me being a mix of both and my rejection of the term “Hispanic”, where do I stand? My father is a mix of the Chichimec tribes and other things as well as my mom despite having very different skin colors. I am not White. I am not Black. I am not Native. I am not Asian. Maybe I’m a mix of all.
The term Hispanic connects those that descend from countries south of the U.S. Border to Spain when we have been too mixed and too removed from it, where the only thing we probably hold from it is the language and describing us as “Spanish people” is even more incorrect.
The absence of even considering those from countries in Central and South America in things like the census is even more racist. Experts need to come up with a correct term. Maybe Brown or Mestizo. This just needs to be addressed and solved. At least this is my perspective and feelings towards it