Race and the census


For years there has been a politically correct dance going on about what to call  Americans whose ancestors came from Africa.  Black, African American and Negro all appear on the census.  But what about Americans who came from Africa themselves? (Audio below) 

The new wave of African immigrants first registered large numbers in the 2000 census, more than doubling the 1990 count.  However many of them do not identify as “Black, African  American or Negro.”  Typically immigrants identify most strongly with their home country, not their race.  But there is strength in numbers, and a new coalition has formed between African immigrants and African Americans focused on the 2010 census.