Census May Change Race Options

    In this July 16, 2012, photo, Laura Fritz, 27, left, with her daughter Adalade Goudeseune fills out a form at the Jefferson Action Center, an assistance center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. Both Fritz grew up in the Denver suburbs a solidly middle class family, but she and her boyfriend, who has struggled to find work, and are now relying on government assistance to cover food and $650 rent for their family. The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net. Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections. (AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt)

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    The United States Census Bureau is seeking to redefine the way it classifies races in its surveys. After a 2010 survey found that many people filling out the census forms felt limited or offended by their options, the Bureau has decided to address concerns about the current method of counting demographics. Proposed changes include plans to end use of the term “Negro,” new ways to identify Middle Easterners, and options for Hispanics to identify as a distinct category regardless of race. But changes won’t come without controversy. Some groups worry that their race or ethnicity will get a lower count if more options are available, since census data is used to determine more than $400 billion in federal aid and is also used to draw political districts.

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