When the census last came around, I dutifully filled it out. But for all the race questions (and there were several, if memory serves), I just wrote “American.” Because if you really believe in what America stands for, I don’t think race should matter. Yeah, I know in reality race does matter, but it shouldn’t to the government.
So when I learned of this petition, I signed it. Registering for the White House website was more of a pain in the butt then I expected, but… worth it, I think. This White House won’t, of course, actually do anything about it no matter how many signatures it gets. But it makes me feel better.
Remove Racial and Ethnic Classifications from the U.S. Census
Fully one-quarter of the space on the 2010 census form was taken up with questions of race and ethnicity, which are clearly illegitimate and none of the government’s business. Questions about race and ethnicity encourage the division of Americans into hostile tribes, and alienate Americans who consider themselves multiracial. It is the 21st century, and our multiracial President should take the lead in putting a stop to this.
”Race has no place in American life or law.” – John F. Kennedy.
“In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American.” – Justice Antonin Scalia.Created: Oct 05, 2011