Houston Matters

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

Al Martinez from the University of Texas thinks the ways we classify race are outdated and should be changed.

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But Al Martinez argues these categories are outdated and should be modified.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 in 2016 he 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in here, Martinez sat down with Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin to talk about why these classifications are so outdated.

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