Census Does Not Transcend Race

One would think that with a half black President and decades of civil rights laws, that America would finally be in a place where race is transcended.  Who can forget President Obama’s lecture on race during the presidential campaign of 2008?  And yet the idea that racism is still pervasive in this country is continually trumpeted.  Tea Partiers are accused of being racist for protesting the government simply because the President is black.  Any suggestion of profiling is deemed racist even though it would make society safer.  Calls for reparations continue to be heard.  And now the 2010 Census form has arrived at most homes and indeed, race is a major component of the questions. 

First of all, the Census informs us that question 8, which is about Hispanic origin, has nothing to do with race.  What?  Not only is that preposterous, but why is this question separated from question 9 that is a general race question?  What difference does it make if someone is of Cuban or Puerto Rican descent?  Criminal invaders are terrified to answer the Census because they fear they will be picked up.  (That is laughable.)  This question should leave them quaking in their boots.  Perhaps the Census should have just asked if the individual was in America legally.  And why are we counting these people anyway?  So we can allow them to steal more of our services?

Question 9 is just as ridiculous.  Why does the Census have to know someone’s race?  And how do most of us American mutts answer that?  Many Americans have a mixed heritage.  It would serve the government better to have asked if you were a citizen.  Perhaps even a natural born citizen – if only the government could figure out what that means exactly.  I plan on marking Question 9 as “other” and writing in American.  I am sick to death of the hyphens and seperation in this society.  Obviously, the 2010 Census is racist.

The question is, “Why does the government need this information?”  My answer to that question should have the various races outraged because it is obvious.  Part of the reason we are told that we need to answer all the questions is for funding.  The government wants to make sure everybody gets their fair share.  I believe the government is racist and will assume that minorities have a lower income threshold and thus will need more government service in their area.  That is the only explanation that I can come up with.

There was a time in our history when the race questions on the Census were used for a nefarious purpose.  During World War II, Japanese-Americans were rounded up and put in internment camps – a very dark time in our history.  Census information was used to help facilitate the round up.  So the suggestion that this Census information will be locked up for 72 years and not used for any other purpose is a farce.

I will answer my Census truthfully and fairly completely.  My telephone number is none of their business as well as most of the question, so I will answer them in a truthful way, but not exact.  They don’t need my birthdate, but I will write in “adult”.  So I suppose the Census Bureau will come visiting and they will be able to ascertain that I am “white” and scribble that down.

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2 responses to “Census Does Not Transcend Race

  1. Right. Even though they’ve used the same formula for decades, NOW it’s racist.

    • Let me see if I can bring myself down to your “Borat” level…obviously I am not saying that the Census is NOW racist. It has been from the time it started asking about race. I just assumed that we had transcended race with the Illustrious One in charge now.

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