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CURRENT EVENT | OCTOBER 21, 2021

Census Race Categories in Question

The latest U.S. census did not get an accurate count of Latinos living in the U.S. The survey asked respondents to identify their race, but many Latinos checked “some other race.” That’s because the 2020 census considers “Latino” and “Hispanic” to be ethnicities, not races, leaving Latinos with racial categories that they often felt did not apply to them. The undercount of Latinos has dire implications, since the census data is used to fund programs and enforce anti-discrimination laws. Listen to learn more about census race categories and how the questions could be changed for a more accurate count.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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