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Feb 24, 2010 12:39 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Caribbeans urged to write in ancestry on US Census

Black people of Caribbean descent are being asked by their community's leaders to write in their nationalities on the upcoming U.S. Census.

Those leaders wanted the Census Bureau to treat Caribbean immigrants and their children like Hispanics, who get to note whether they are descended from another country like Mexico.

But the Census form doesn't allow that for black citizens and residents of Bahamian, Haitian or other Caribbean descent.

Their leaders are urging them to write their nationalities under "some other race" on the forms arriving in mailboxes next month.

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