‘We exist’: New Middle Eastern or North African census category helps community members feel seen

Archive, Racial Equity | April 3 2024

By Mirna Alsharif, NBC News

The addition of a Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) ethnic category to US race and ethnicity standards will finally give 8 million Americans the opportunity to accurately identify their heritage. This step recognizes the diverse origins of MENA Americans and acknowledges their unique cultural identities.

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