Refracted Selves

What is your race? Everyone has a way to describe themselves. A government sees a version of that self through the census. Official racial categories reflect both current cultural norms and far-reaching histories of enslavement, indigenous peoples, nomadism, and varying immigration patterns, including those influenced by colonialism and war. That means, depending on when you were born and which country you live in, a different version of you appears in the census.

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