US Census considering special category for Muslim ‘race’

This is a story that appears at the DC Clothesline, but was first published by Pamela Geller (hat tip:  Joanne) while I was away.

Hassan Jabar of Access who sits on a Census advisory board received a $2.5 million grant for each of the next five years from the State of Michigan for youth education.

Here is how it begins:

The US under Obama is considering adding a new race in the census. The move would give this group, previously classified as white, much greater political clout and access to public funding.

More political power and taxpayer dollars — it’s madness.

Then here is the news account that follows (from AP):

DETROIT (AP) – The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.

The U.S. Census Bureau will test the new Middle East-North Africa (MENA) classification for possible inclusion on the 2020 census if it gets enough positive feedback about the proposed change by Sunday, when the public comment period ends.

Arab-Americans, who make up the majority of those who would be covered by the MENA classification, have previously been classified by default as white on the census, which helps determine congressional district boundaries and how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated, among other things.

Those pushing for the MENA classification say it would more fully and accurately count them, thus increasing their visibility and influence among policymakers.

“We know the challenges,” says Hassan Jaber, who runs a Detroit-area social services group and serves on a census advisory board formed to evaluate Americans’ changing racial and ethnic identities. “It really does take rethinking … who we are as a population and what our needs are, (but) there are specific needs for Arab-Americans that are not being recognized and not being met.”  [So what special treatment do Arabs need and why?—ed]


A proposed Middle Eastern or North African category on the 2020 Census is expected to be tested nationally later this year and the bureau is currently inviting comments on the collection of this and other information.

Continue reading here.

I’m not sure I agree that this is madness.  It may very well have ramifications we would be unhappy with, but we must find out how many Muslims are in the US right now.  Pew Research says we have 2.75 million while CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) says 7 million.    Pew’s number puts us at less than 1% of the US population.  We know that France, for instance, is now about 7% (some estimates are higher) and they are in deep demographic trouble.

I’ve been estimating that at 3% the Muslim population reaches a tipping point and is emboldened and begins making demands via calls for certain shariah compliance. Others in the know, say 2% is that point.

It is imperative that we know how much time we have left.  In truth though, by the time they begin this 2020 census it may be too late anyway.

It is all about the Hijra—the Muslim migration to America—and the quiet jihad!

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