Important Information

How to be counted as multiracial on the 2020 Census.

We have been advised that another multiracial organization is putting out incorrect information about counting as multiracial on the 2020 Census when you are part Hispanic. They are saying that you can check Hispanic under the ethnicity question, check a race under the race question, and then write in “multiracial” under some other race. That will NOT get you counted as multiracial! You must check two or more races under the race question to be counted as “two or more races,” which is the Census Bureau terminology for multiracial.

The Census Bureau has provided us with some of the different ways to get counted as “two or more races” in the following examples:

* mark “Black or African American” and “Some Other Race” checkboxes and write in “Cuban” in both write-in areas

* write in “German” and “Honduran” in any write in area

* mark “Samoan” checkbox and write in “Mexican” in the “Some Other Race” write-in  area

* mark “White” and “Black or African American” and “Some Other Race” checkboxes and write in “Puerto Rican” on all three lines

* mark “Black or African American” checkboxes and write in “Dominican” and mark “Some Other Race” checkboxes and write in “Dominican”

* mark “White” and “Black or African American” and “Some Other Race” checkboxes and write in “Mexican” on all three lines

* mark “American Indian or Alaska Native” checkbox and write in “Puerto Rican” “Taino” “Blanca” “Negra” (in Spanish)

* write in “Afro-Latino” “Panamanian” “Black” in the “Some Other Race” write-in area

 

I hope this clears up any confusion and misinformation.

Susan Graham for Project RACE

 

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