Why are middle eastern people categorized as "white"?
January 23, 2009 2:14 PM Subscribe
Why do middle eastern people get lumped into the "white" category when asked to declare their ethnicity?
posted by tumbleweedjack to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, technically, middle eastern people are "white," but so are most hispanic/latino people. And, with several million people of middle eastern origin, it seems like somebody would be interesting in counting them separately.
This question was inspired by the Daily Kos
weekly poll's crosstabs. I was really curious to see Obama's ratings among middle eastern people, but there's no such information!