Are Arabs white?


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The U.S. Census Bureau classifies Arab Americans as white, though there is much debate over the accuracy of this categorization. The Arab American Institute Foundation, among other similar groups, suggest that a bracket be made specifically for Middle Eastern or North African individuals on the annual census.

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In the early 1900s, immigrants from Middle Eastern countries urged court officials to consider them Caucasian, rather than Asian. In the 21st century, many Arab Americans still prefer to be listed as white. However, this preference affects their population count. Activists during the 2010 census advised foreigners to reveal their true race and ethnicity while using the slogan "Check it right; you ain't white!"

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