The Biden administration is considering asking Black Americans if their ancestors were slaves in the next government census.
The administration wants to find a way to curate just how many Black Americans descended from enslaved Americans, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
This information would decipher how many Black Americans descended from immigration or have lived here since slavery was present in the US in the 1800s.
The Wall Street Journal report claimed the Black community has issued calls for a more detailed census to differentiate Black Americans from each other. “One in five Black people in the US are immigrants or their children, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center,” the WSJ article stated.
A spokesman from the National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants, an advocacy group, praised this idea. “America sees Black people as a monolith. When you say all Black people are the same, you are ignoring differences in culture, ancestry, economics, and you are doing a disservice to everyone lumped into that group,” the spokesperson told The Post Millenial.
A census change could ask Americans to identify as either “Black or African American.” Black descendants of slavery could be called “American Descendants of Slavery,” “American Freedmen” or “Foundational Black Americans,” The Hill reported.
This potential change comes after the San Francisco reparations panel called for every black slave descendent to receive $5 million in reparations.
The Biden administration’s Office of Management and Budget, which is believed to be behind the possible change in the census, declined to comment on the WSJ report.