Saturday, March 27, 2010

How I filled out my Census form ~ By Joseph Farah

Joseph asks why the 2010 Census needs to know your race. And that, I agree, is a very good question. I can't see any benefit or need to know.
Let's not fall into the traps of the past by thinking we're somehow immune to the injustices of the past.

Indeed we are all of one race in God's eyes – the human race.
By Joseph Farah

Posted: March 26, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Fortunately for me – and maybe for the government – I got the short-form Census questionnaire.

Judging from the questions, it seems the government is primarily obsessed with tracking racial information about the U.S. population.

Besides the names, ages and sex of each person living in households, the rest of the questions have to do with race.
  • There's a special section dealing with those of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin. Why, I don't know. 
  • Next, participants are asked to classify themselves as white, black, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Other Asian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Gaumanian or Chamorro, Samoan or other Pacific Islander.
  • Lastly, there's a checkbox for some other race.
I checked that last box and wrote in HUMAN.


Because I believe, Like Martin Luther King Jr. did, that America ought to be a color-blind society in which men and women are judged by their character rather than their skin pigment.

Because I believe that people shouldn't treat each other differently based on the color of their skin, especially the government.

Because I believe it is of no consequence whether someone is black, white, brown, red or Guamanian and that it is, quite frankly, none of the government's business asking questions like that anymore than it would be for an employer in the private sector.

Ask yourself: Why these questions?

What does it have to do with congressional apportionment?

That's the purpose of the Census, after all.

That's why it is authorized in the Constitution.

Why all these other questions – even on the short form? Why is this essential information for the government to have? What is the purpose? Can someone explain this? Can anyone come up with one valid reason for this obsession over racial and national identity?

This is America.

This is the great melting pot.

This is the land of assimilation.

Why the official race-consciousness?

Is this as distasteful to others as it is to me?


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