I saw my 46-year-old father slowly kneel on the ground next to my mother, who scurried to hold him back up. “I’m so sorry, Yoona, and I’m so sorry to your mom,” he whispered. “I’m an illegal and I’m so sorry I can’t be the husband or father I want to be.”
January 21, 2010
Medill students, the Census and immigrant communities
Now these guys get it! These kids delivered — for me — the journalism equivalent of a Reese’s Cup: two great tastes in one wonderful package.
I don’t know how long I have argued that the immigrant communities are important elements of any community reporting.
And how long have I argued that the Census Bureau is a wonderful treasure-trove of story ideas? A long long time!
I come from Middle Eastern/black descent and look(skin color wise) as black fully. I personally feel that a Middle Eastern category would be best for our community. Mainly because I don’t look white what so ever, so me putting white on a census would just look like a lie than anything else. I feel if Arab only is put on the census, then what do Iranians check off? Middle Eastern, even if it does include Israel, would easily kill two birds with one stone. It gives us a category and not only covers Arabs but also the non Arabs(Turks, Kurds and so on) who also don’t have a category. While the older generation feel that putting white makes them apart of society more, I feel that having our culture on the census, Arab or Middle Eastern culture, that is what will make us more integrated into society. Because we will be counted.