“Default” white designation may become MENA?
The federal government is working on another way to further divide Americans. The U.S. Census Bureau is weighing the advisability of implementing a new classification to specifically designate another ethnic division. The acronym MENA would identify those of Middle Eastern and North African descent —- the majority of whom are Arab-Americans.
According to this report in U. S, News and World Report, these Americans “have previously been classified by default as white.”
The census is constitutionally ordered for the express purpose of enumeration for congressional representation. Article I, section II directs that the population be enumerated at least once every ten years and the resulting counts used to set the number of members in the House of Representatives from each state, and, by extension, in the Electoral College.
In addition to enumerating the population, there is now intrusive data collection. Besides asking how many toilets you have in your home, the relationship of the residents, religion practiced and languages spoken, census data uses ethnicity to determine the configuration of race-based congressional districts, such as Arizona CD 3 and CD 7. Additionally there is $400 billion in federal aid programs and enforcement of civil rights laws to maintain these contrived districts.
A question about Hispanic origin, currently the only ethnic category, has been incorporated into the survey since 1980, though the census form instructs respondents that Hispanic is not a race.
CNN reports that during the 2010 census, some Arab-and-Iranian activists launched a campaign that urged people to check “some other race” on the form and write in their ancestry. The campaign’s slogan was: “Check it right; you ain’t white!”
This trend toward ethnic-based separation rather than unity as Americans is troubling. “Balkanization” describes the destructive process of fragmentation of formerly united regions into smaller regions or states that are often hostile toward one another.
“E Pluribus Unum” was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. The Latin phrase translates to, “One from many.” That’s who we are.