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File #: Res 0472-2014    Version: * Name: State & federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 11/25/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the state and federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required.
Sponsors: Margaret S. Chin, Corey D. Johnson, Ben Kallos, Costa G. Constantinides, Daniel Dromm , Vincent J. Gentile, Brad S. Lander, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez, Antonio Reynoso, Karen Koslowitz, Stephen T. Levin, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Paul A. Vallone, Annabel Palma, Rory I. Lancman, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Peter A. Koo, Deborah L. Rose, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Laurie A. Cumbo, I. Daneek Miller, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Ritchie J. Torres, Carlos Menchaca, Helen K. Rosenthal, Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 27
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 5/11/15, 2. Hearing Testimony 5/11/15, 3. Hearing Transcript 5/11/15, 4. Committee Report 10/11/16, 5. Hearing Transcript 10/11/16, 6. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 7. October 13, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-13-16, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 13, 2016
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Res. No. 472

 

Resolution calling on the state and federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required.

 

By Council Members Chin, Johnson, Kallos, Constantinides, Dromm, Gentile, Lander, Levine, Mendez, Reynoso, Koslowitz, Levin, Rodriguez, Vallone, Palma, Lancman, Ferreras-Copeland, Koo, Rose, Espinal, Cumbo, Miller, Crowley, Torres, Menchaca, Rosenthal and Williams

 

                     Whereas, The 2000 United States Census (“Census”) was the first census to allow individuals to record their race using more than one category; that year, more than 2.4 percent of the population selected a multiracial identity; and

                     Whereas, By the 2010 Census, the number of people identifying as more than one race grew 32 percent, accounting for 9 million people nationwide; and

                     Whereas, Between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, individuals of two or more races grew at a faster rate than any group identifying with a single race; and

                     Whereas, According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 2.2 percent of the population of New York State and 2.3 percent of the population of the United States identify as belonging to two or more races; and

                     Whereas, Additionally, a 2012 Pew Research report found that interracial marriages have increased significantly over the past three decades, accounting for 5.7 percent of new marriages in 1980 and 15 percent in 2010; and

                     Whereas, Despite a growing population of people who identify as being multiracial, forms at the federal and state levels do not always reflect the realities of these demographic trends; and

                     Whereas, The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s fingerprinting form, for example, is coded in such a way that only one of five different demographic categories can be entered: Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Unknown, and White; and

                     Whereas, Employees in the United States Army and Air National Guard wishing to file a complaint alleging racial discrimination are similarly limited, able only to identify their race as Black, White, American Indian/Alaskan Native or Asian Pacific Islander, with no indication that selecting more than one race is permitted; and

                     Whereas, At the state level, minority businesses applying for certification as Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises are only able to select one of the following categories: Black, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific, Asian-Indian Subcontinent and Native American; and

                     Whereas, It is unfair to ask people that belong to more than one racial demographic to choose only the race selections provided on government documents, essentially forcing them to misrepresent themselves; and

                     Whereas, Failure to include multiracial identifiers on state and federal forms can also have broader consequences, as it produces an inaccurate picture of the state’s and the country’s racial diversity; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the state and federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required.

 

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Res. 1597/2012

LS 433/2014

2/11/2014