American Identity

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The American Identity collection brings together the narratives of individuals and groups who are claiming and carving identity as Americans without racial tones. Language, culture, ethnicity, faith, geographic and national origins (including multiple land origins) along with class (economic and educational), and various occupational and other professional group memberships, it turns out, have far more meaning than the U.S. census categories that tend to predominate in the news media.

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Identity in America
Using American Census data and story-telling, Anita Coleman shares how an American Identity is also an Anti-racist Identity. The US Census categorizes people using skin color labels but we're under no obligation to do so (e.g. "white" and "black"…

This is the March 26, 2017 version of the Race/Related Newsletter from The New York Times, Some of the words that are aimed at are: Diversity hire. Ethnic. Exotic. Person of color. Urban.

Anna Coats, Children’s Librarian at East Rutherford Memorial Library, Rutherford, New Jersey recounts a set of real-life conversations about the confusion her multi-ethnic and multi-cultural origins usually invoke. Coats, who is half Indian Guyanese…
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