On May 27, AAA President Virginia Dominguez sent a letter to the Census Bureau suggesting alternatives to the label “linguistically isolated’ which it uses to classify people who live in households where no one over the age of 14 speaks English “very well.” See http://blog.aaanet.org/2010/05/27/aaa-challenges-questions-on-us-census/
Or AAA homepage link : http://www.aaanet.org/.
The letter was written by the newly constituted SLA Committee on Language and Social Justice, which partners with the AAA Committee on Human Rights (CfHR). This is a follow up to the AAA¹s 2007 AAA resolution (see http://www.aaanet.org/issues/policy-advocacy/Language-in-US-Census-Resolution.cfm
<http://www.aaanet.org/issues/policy-advocacy/Language-in-US-Census-Resolution.cfm> ), and previous correspondence with the Census Bureau. Those letters, which can be viewed at www.aaanet.org/cmtes/cfhr/index.cfm, <http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/cfhr/index.cfm>, <http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/cfhr/index.cfm> , reveal the unwillingness of the Census Bureau to change the language questions, but a willingness to re-consider their use of ³Linguistically Isolated.² The Committee is hopeful that their efforts over the last four years will finally result in critical changes in the way the Census 2010 data are reported, and we will continue to press for changes in the language questions themselves.