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(Leslie Berestein Rojas/LAist)However, our lived experience as immigrants — as well as second or third generation Arab Americans — is quite distinct from that of the white American experience.

I checked the “other” box and filled in “Arab,” following the advice of Arab American advocacy groups such as the Arab American Institute, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and others.

Some lawmakers asked us about the number of Arab American voters in the district, and asked us why they weren’t more involved.

Besides encouraging census participation, we launched a campaign to urge Arab Americans to check the “other” box instead of “white,” and write in “Arab” when filling out the form.

Arab Americans are proud of their identity.

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