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Can the Census accurately reflect Americans' identities?

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America's 300 million-plus people are declaring their identity in the 2010 Census. The form has had its share of controversy: Why is the word "Negro" used? Should same-sex couples check the box for husband or wife even if their state doesn't recognize same-same marriage? Why are Arab-Americans urged to check the "white" box?

As the Census enters the door-to-door information gathering phase this summer (for those that didn't mail in their forms), what do you think the best way is to gather data about who we are as Americans? Or should we? As Amercans' identities become even more complex, is the Census able to reflect that complexity now or in the future? Share your comments below.

 
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