“I AM CARIBBEAN” CENSUS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN CaribLifeCentral.com is Encouraging Caribbean-Americans to Identify Their Nationality on the 2010 Census



CaribLifeCentral.com has launched the “I Am Caribbean” public awareness campaign to encourage Caribbean-Americans to identify their nationality on their 2010 Census forms. The questionnaires will begin arriving in the mail as early as March 15.

Historically, Caribbean-Americans have been underrepresented in the US Census,” explained Sheldon Mundle, president of CaribLifeCentral.com. “This marginalized our contributions to American society and adversely affected our community in terms of quality of education, business investments, and advertising dollars.

The census, which is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years, counts every resident in the United States. Results from the decennial census help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for services such as hospitals, job training centers, and public works projects. In addition, census data serves as the foundation for determining the number of U.S. House of Representatives seats each state is allotted.

As part of the “I Am Caribbean” awareness campaign CaribLifeCentral.com has produced a Web-based public service announcement available through YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIZMZGd91s0.

In question 9 of the Census form, individuals are allowed to identify themselves with multiple racial origins,” explained Mundle. “We are encouraging people of Caribbean ancestry to exercise this option by also selecting ‘Some other race’ and writing in their nationality.”

During the 2000 Census, 1.8 million people identified themselves as West Indian, with the highest populations claiming (in order) Jamaica, Haiti, and Trinidad.

For more information about the “I Am Caribbean” campaign, visit: http://www.cariblifecentral.com/page/i-am-caribbean.

Established in 2007, CaribLifeCentral.com is the online home of the Caribbean Diaspora, providing relevant news, blogs, and events in a social format. CaribLifeCentral.com is a trusted environment, open to anyone interested in the Caribbean. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Carib Life Central, LLC is a private-held company.

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  1. Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put ?Other? and ?Don?t Know Adopted? for my race and ?Other? and ?Don?t Know? for my kids? races.

    Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told ?No, you can?t have it, it?s sealed.?

    How about being presented with a ?family history form? to fill out at every single doctor?s office visit and having to put ?N/A Adopted? where life saving information should be?

    Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with ?I don?t know?.

    It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.

    Adoption is a 5 billion dollar, unregulated industry that profits from the sale and redistribution of children. It turns children into chattel who are re-labeled and sold as ?blank slates?.

    Genealogy, a modern-day fascination, cannot be enjoyed by adopted persons with sealed identities. Family trees are exclusive to the non-adopted persons in our society.

    If adoption is truly to return to what is best for a child, then the rights of children to their biological identities should NEVER be violated. Every single judge that finalizes an adoption and orders a child?s birth certificate to be sealed should be ashamed of him/herself.

    I challenge all readers: Ask the adopted persons that you know if their original birth certificates are sealed.



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