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If the White House approves a proposal to change the way the government collects race and ethnicity data, white people in the U.S. may be asked to check off boxes about their ethnic background. On this 2010 census form, answering "white" was enough to respond to the race question. blackwaterimages/Getty Images hide caption

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How 2 Women Fought To Be Called 'Miss' And 'Ms.'

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Mary Hamilton, seen here with James Farmer of CORE, was a civil rights organizer who fought for the right to be addressed as "Miss" in an Alabama court and won. Duane Howell/Denver Post/Getty Images hide caption

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When 'Miss' Meant So Much More: How One Woman Fought Alabama — And Won

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National Congress Of American Indians Reacts To Trump's 'Pocahontas' Comment

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A state flag of Mississippi is unfurled by Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups in 2016 on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Native Americans Tell Their Own Superhero Stories At Indigenous Comic Con

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LGBTQ people of color are twice as likely as their white counterparts to say they've been discriminated against because they are LGBTQ in applying for jobs and interacting with police. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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For LGBTQ People Of Color, Discrimination Compounds

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LGBTQ People Of Color And Discrimination

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Research Finds Racial Disparities In Prison Sentences

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In the 1944 film Gaslight, Gregory (Charles Boyer) slowly tricks his wife, Paula (Ingrid Bergman), into believing she is insane. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Trump administration is considering possible changes to how the U.S. government collects information about race and ethnicity. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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How The U.S. Defines Race And Ethnicity May Change Under Trump

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Religious leaders and activists from Church World Service hold up a door, closed to refugees, during a protest urging congress to pressure US President Donald Trump to allow more refugees to enter in front of the Capitol in September. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Opposition To Refugee Arrivals Keeps Getting Louder

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