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“Confirm Your Race”

Federally-induced bean-counting weirdness at the University of Michigan, from the Michigan Review:

At the beginning of November, a mass email was sent out to students, staff, and faculty, inviting them to “confirm your race/ethnicity.” … Individuals who identify as being Hispanic and African American will be reported to the U. S. Department of Education only as Hispanic/Latino. Individuals who do not identify as Hispanic/ Latino but identify as African American and American Indian will be reported to the U. S. Department of Education as “two or more races,” without specifying any additional racial detail. The only individuals who will have their actual racial category reported will be those who identify as not Hispanic/Latino and select only one racial category.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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