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There are 9 comments on POV: Yes, Filling Out the Race Box on Forms Is Tiresome, but Here’s Why It Matters

  1. Focusing on race is what makes it an issue. We need to listen to the words of Dr. King and stop caring so much about our race and the races of others. The more we talk about race the more of an issue it will be.

  2. I agree with the author on why it matters, specifically this quote, “Data can uncover striking racial inequities and point to the need for specific policy changes.”

    Additionally, we should also be discussing how limiting a person to 1 checked box limits the accuracy of our data and contributes to the marginalization of mixed-race individuals.

    Perhaps critiquing the Race Box is another article in and of itself.

  3. Actually, researchers are not owed my data so that they can make spurious connections between my race and my experiences! The idea that racial data should ever contribute to governmental decisions/funding for “healthcare, social services, education, and infrastructure” is horrifically offensive. And asserting blindly that “racist ideas are embedded into society” is hardly convincing. It’s not the society I’m familiar with, at least (and no, I’m not white.)

    If the good folks doing the studies want more of our data, they’d perhaps be better served by not using rhetoric that stokes resentment and bitterness in all parties involved.

  4. I agree with the author of this article that we need to collect data and discuss race.

    I think some follow-up questions I have after acknowledging this point are how do we improve the data collection to get the most accurate and specific results? How do we ensure that people’s identities are accurately represented in these forms? How do we make sure people want to fill out this information? This article starts a conversation that I believe needs more analysis than what was provided here.

  5. Why not specify what kind of white? Irish, Italian, German, French, British, Spanish, Catalan, Austrian, Australian, New Zealander, Canadian?

    Unless you do the same to all categories, it’s hard for me to not think this is targeting the Asians.

    Oh and mind you in case you forgot, that was exactly the rationale behind the Nazi identifying Jews. You should know what happened next.

  6. In almost every paragraph, the author speaks about how resources should be distributed, implying that this should be based on race, and not based on the need of the individual (regardless of race).. This article has nothing to do with “rooting out racism” as the author proclaims, but rather an essay on fanning the flames of racism, not to mention the obvious focus on government reliance for essential needs, again based on race. Data collection can certainly be useful if it is used in a non-racist, non-partisan manner. Instead, here we have another disappointing POV that supports the opposite of what it advocates.

  7. One of my main concerns with the government after reading this article is with their budget use. When the federal government cuts “tens of millions of dollars” in funding just because of a percentage drop in the Latino population, I wonder if they consider income as well, or is this cut just caused by race? I feel as if that is backward and a wrong reason to collect race data because income would be more relevant toward these cuts and race should be considered less.

    From my experience, many of us do not consider what happens to our data when we input our race onto job forms either. There are many misconceptions and confusion about how the data is used, so I know many people that avoid it. I think it would have been nice to mention job applications because that is such a huge part of our lives and working in a diverse environment not only accelerates our thinking but also exposes us to new ideas. This could also be a huge area to collect more data.

  8. I completely agree that specifying race is incredibly important to data and finding racial inequalities. Especially with the pandemic and many minority groups being disadvantaged even further in terms of availability of items, like vaccines and masks. However, with race being talked about more, it leads many to worry about putting their race down for things that may not require them to put down their race. For example, as an Asian American student, the college admissions process was extremely worrying when writing I was an Asian American. While there are both sides to this, I think it is also important to factor in other aspects and perspectives. What if the citizens want to talk about race, but are scared that it will disadvantage them if they answer these forms for things such as college applications.

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