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Bob Jones University's Interracial Ban
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Multiracial Individuals and Interracial Families
Written by James Landrith   
Friday, 25 February 2000

Bob Jones University is in the news again regarding it's ban on interracial dating and marriages. For more information, see:

Al Sharpton, Bill Bradley & Al Gore
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Politics
Written by James Landrith   
Friday, 21 January 2000

The Democrats and Race: The Sharpton Primary
Why won't Bradley and Gore "do the right thing" about Al Sharpton.
Charles Lane examines.

Comment Letter to Census Bureau re: Multiple Response Sampling
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Advocacy and Letters - Advocacy and Comment Letters
Written by James Landrith and Susan Graham   
Thursday, 20 January 2000

January 20, 2000
Project RACE Comment Letter to Census Bureau
Regarding Multiple Response Sampling

January 20, 2000

Dr. Kenneth Prewitt
United States Department of Commerce
Bureau of the Census
Washington, DC 20233-0001

Dear Dr. Prewitt:

"The time is always right to do what is right."
     -- Martin Luther King Jr.

Project RACE has been involved with the effort to allow appropriate options for multiracial Americans on the U. S. Census for the past ten years. We have given testimony at numerous Congressional subcommittee hearings about race and ethnicity. Our national membership sent letters to the Office of Management and Budget in the hopes that the voices of multiracial Americans were heard.

Time after time we came away shaking our heads and saying, "They just don't get it."

Once again, we are wondering why you just don't get it. You have decided to allow for multiple check-offs on the 2000 U. S. Census. That's not exactly what is needed, but fine-for now; it's a step in the right direction. But now we have been told the U. S. Bureau of the Census is going to pull out 10,000 of the forms in which people chose two or more races and send them a follow-up form asking what race they would choose if they were asked to only mark one.

This defeats the purpose of allowing multiple check-offs and is a slap in the collective multiracial face of this country. This also singles out only multiracial persons (a breach of confidentiality) and reassigns them by way of some kind of "racial profiling," results in sampling and causes the deliberate skewing of census numbers. Our community must know about these serious problems with the 2000 U.S. Census.

Our families will not help you step back into time by embracing the one-drop rule or any other racist means of redistributing numbers into monoracial categories. The question "what one race do you really want to be?" after a person has told you they consider themselves to be of more than one race is ludicrous. We hope you will work with us on these issues to ensure a truly proper and accurate census for all Americans. We look forward to your response.


James Landrith
Washington Office

Susan Graham
Project RACE, Inc.

cc: William M. Daley
     Bill Lann Lee
     Rep. Dan Miller
     Rep. Stephen Horn
     Marshall L. Turner, Jr.
     Nancy Gordon
     David L. Hubble
     James B. Hubbard

IV and TMA mentioned in Wired News
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Civil Liberties and Advocacy Efforts
Written by James Landrith   
Friday, 14 January 2000

INTERRACIAL VOICE and The Multiracial Activist got a nice mention in Wired News:

Questionnaire dread: Last month we told you about a proposal to let banks ask about and record race, national origin, religion, and sex.

Comments were due by 10 November to the US Federal Reserve Board, and two mixed-race groups had a lot to say.

"This proposal will only intensify that feeling of dread that occurs when [people] are confronted with invasive racial classification questions while filling out school, medical and other types of forms. We would personally be loath to honestly answer any question regarding ... race on any form related to financial services," the editors of Multiracial Activist and Interracial Voice wrote in a letter to the Fed.

The Multiracial Activist identifies itself as a publication focusing on topics of interest to multiracial people and families, and transracial adoptees.
BET vs. Aaron McGruder
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Blog, Commentary and Articles - Race Relations
Written by James Landrith   
Friday, 07 January 2000

It seems that McGruder is burning bridges he may need later.

clipped from the press release available at the url above:

The first misguided arrow was the editorial decision by the reporter, Paul Farhi, to elevate a 25-year-old comic strip writer, Mr. McGruder, and all his irresponsible and simple-minded comments to the level of bonafide critic of all that BET Holdings has accomplished in its 20 year pioneering history. Mr. Farhi should know that McGruder previously approached BET about turning his cartoon into a BET television show and we rejected it.

The most appalling of McGruder's reckless charges was that BET "does not serve the interest of black people." Our response to this slanderous assertion is that the 500-plus dedicated employees of BET do more to serve the interest of African-Americans than this young man has done in his entire life.
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