Not Just 'Other' Anymore in the U.S. Census

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Proposed changes to the U.S. Census would allow for more racial and ethnic identity categories.

In preparation for the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau has been re-thinking how it asks people to categorize themselves in its question about race and ethnicity.

Shumita Basu, WNYC host, reporter and producer, looks at the proposed changes — which includes more categories so fewer people fall into the amorphous “other” category and listeners share their stories.

See more of the conversation and keep it going by using the hashtag #NotJustOther on Twitter.