Rep. Rashida Tlaib accused Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham of “erasing” people of Middle Eastern descent during a House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee meeting.
The congresswoman from Michigan was upset that the 2020 census does not include “Middle Eastern/North African” as an option in the ethnicity category despite an Obama-era study that recommended otherwise.
“Do I look white to you?” Tlaib asked Dillingham.
Dillingham began to explain that there is a write-in option on the census to compensate for people who don’t feel a category accurately depicts their background. Tlaib cut him off and said that