Race and the Census

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

 

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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