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Why Were Racial Categories Created And Why Do They Persist Today? 

Schools, surveys and other institutions often ask participants to check off a box on how they identify themselves. These racial categories include Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian and White. But Al Martinez argues these categories are outdated and should be modified. He’s a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and he recently […]

Schools, surveys and other institutions often ask participants to check off a box on how they identify themselves. These racial categories include Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian and White.

But Al Martinez argues these categories are outdated and should be modified. He’s a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and he recently came to Houston to give a talk on the subject at the University of Houston.

While he was in here, Martinez sat down with Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin to talk about why these classifications are so outdated.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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