(B) MULTI-RACIAL / INTERRACIAL AND 'MIXED'
HERITAGE: In the 1990 census, individuals wishing to report
multi-racial or interracial heritage were forced to check the "other" box -- and
over 10 million Americans did check the "other" box in the 1990 census.
But black civil rights leaders strongly objected, saying that collection of such data
"diluted" their political influence.
Nonetheless, and over the
protests of the black lobby, the Census 2000 form (both short and long) listed dozens of
possible racial / ethnic combinations to choose from:
2000 Racial Categories (Check All That Apply)
- No, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino
- Yes, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano
- Yes, Puerto Rican
- Yes, Cuban
- Yes, Other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino (specify)
- Black, African American, or Negro
- American Indian or Alaska Native (specify)
- Asian Indian
- Other Asian (specify)
- Native Hawaiian
- Guamanian or Chamorro
- Other Pacific Islander (specify)
Other race (specify):
especially the black lobby, believe that the huge number of racial categories allowed on
Census 2000 renders the data useless. That would be nice.
But what is this white
category? I am not "white"! I am German-Irish-American, but there is
no space on the Census 2000 form for me:
Happened to the White Categories?
and all prior censuses, completely ignored the rich ethnic heritage of white
émigrés to this great country:
- Armenian-American (not counted)
- Austrian-American (not counted)
- British-American (not counted)
- Bulgarian-American (not counted)
- Dutch-American (not counted)
- French-American (not counted)
- German-American (not counted)
- Greek-American (not counted)
- Irish-American (not counted)
- Italian-American (not counted)
- Jewish-American (not counted)
- Latvian-American (not counted)
- Lithuanian-American (not counted)
- Polish-American (not counted)
- Russian-American (not counted)
- Scandinavian-American (not counted)
- Swiss-American (not counted)
Other "White" (specify):
Thus, dozens of so-called white ethnicities
were excluded from the 2000 Census.
NOTE: An alert reader informed us of
the following: "... white ethnic groups such as German - Americans, are
recorded in the sample count of the census, Summary File 3, which asks questions (among
them, questions on ancestry) to a sample of 1 in 6 households." My response
is that the government, and the Census Bureau, apparently have so little respect or regard
for citizens of Northern European descent that they only used a "statistical
sample" of 1 in 6 households to count us! -- Tim Fay, Editor.
(C) EFFECT ON CIVIL RIGHTS / NON-DISCRIMINATION
LAWS: Civil rights laws designed to protect black Americans and other
favored ethnicities would still be enforced regardless of whether citizens provide racial
/ ethnicity data on Census 2000. So don't provide your racial or ethnic data, and
don't encourage our government to continue pigeonholing us into divisive racial niches.
Even though race has been taken
into account since the first census in 1790, the primary purposes of collecting census
data are still (a) reapportionment of the House of Representatives seats; and (b)
monitoring people's wealth and progress, as well as forecasting the nation's future needs
-- regardless of race!
Adversity.Net, and countless
others, including the Libertarian Party, a majority of the Republican Party, most
conservatives, and many moderates believe that it should NOT be the purpose of the Census
to create a racial spoils system!
In particular, the OMB should
completely abandon the objectionable practice of trying to pigeonhole Americans into a
racial niche. To do so is to divide the bounty of our great country according to
racial identity, and that is nothing more or less than racial discrimination.
(D) OLDER CENSUS NEWS - SETTING THE STAGE:
GRANTED IN CENSUS SUIT (Houston, Texas) (posted 3/29/00 - no link)
U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon granted attorney Mark Brewer a temporary restraining
order today in the Census Suit filed by five Houston, Texas residents. Attorneys for the
government conceded and the court ruled that none of the five plaintiffs will be subject
to actual or threatened prosecution during the pendency of the litigation.
Effectively, said Brewer, this
prevents prosecution against any American who chooses to not answer questions other than
the number of people living at their address. According to Brewer, the government also
conceded that the plaintiffs have standing. This removed what was potentially the biggest
impediment to the case going forward.
Brewer stressed that his clients do
not want to stop or interrupt the actual enumeration called for by the Constitution.
"These plaintiffs are ordinary citizens and true patriots. Like most Americans, they
want to obey the law, perform their civic duty and be counted. But, they don't want to be
threatened with criminal penalties for failure to respond to the outrageously invasive and
intrusive questions demanded by the Census Bureau. They also share the genuine concern
that if they only answer the constitutionally permissible question (i.e., how many people
live at their address), they risk not being counted at all," said Brewer.
Brewer points out that the Census
Bureau admits that its statistically random use of short and long form questionnaires
actually increases the risk of non-responses and thus, "undercounting." And,
since the questions could not be lawfully asked by the government or private persons in
any other context, there can be no legal use of the information, once collected.
Examples include questions of race,
ethnicity, age, sex, and even disability. "Unfortunately, we know the government is
capable of misusing census data. The federal government was only able to find, round up
and imprison Americans of Japanese ancestry in 1942 by the illegal use of Census Bureau
data," said Brewer. (Press release from the Campaign for a Colorblind America
3/27/00. For more information contact: Jeff Van Fleet or Mark Brewer 713/209-2950)
[no link available]
Census Obsessed with Race?
(11/22/99 - no link)
"...Next April 1, Washington will perpetrate the greatest invasion of privacy in
history -- the 2000 census. At a cost of roughly $7 billion, it will attempt to survey,
classify and categorize 275 million Americans.
"Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution provides for a decennial census for the
purpose of apportioning House seats among the states. While the census is one of the few
things the federal government does that's actually authorized by the Constitution, that
mandate (a simple head count) has metastasized beyond recognition.
"Those fortunate enough to get the long form in the mail will be asked 52 impertinent
and intrusive questions. All but one (how many reside in your household?) have nothing to
do with reapportionment -- unless you consider the number of toilets in your domicile,
what you pay for homeowners' insurance or the length of your commute relevant to the
distribution of House seats. ... These are questions the government of a republic would
never dare to ask, indeed has no reason to know.
"...[And] there will be the ubiquitous racial-classification questions. ... Racial
classification has become quite the racket. For diversity-mongers, it is essential for the
distribution of spoils, including quota hiring. Welfare-state politicians need to know who
to pander to and to what extent. Should Al Gore pay more attention to Latinos or blacks?
... [S]elf-designated spokesmen for various minorities get power from the numerical growth
of their constituencies.
"It's good for everyone except Americans -- that dwindling number whose principal
identity is national, instead of racial, ethnic or linguistic, that is to say,
"Racial politics polarizes. Like dogs fighting for scraps of food, it pits groups
against each other. It accustoms us to thinking and acting like members of interest groups
instead of those with common bonds that transcend accidents of birth. The Census Bureau
wants to know my skin pigmentation, the texture of my hair, the shape of my eyelids, my
grandparents' national origins. None of its damned business."
[Emphasis added.] (The Washington Times 11/22/99 page A16 by Don Feder, nationally
[ no link available ]
Census Director Wants to Hire
Illegal Aliens to Take Census! (07/13/99)
The National Review On-Line reports the following wacky Census News From the July 12 issue
of Hispanic Link: "At a press briefing during the National Association of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Philadelphia last month, Census director
Kenneth Prewitt told reporters that the bureau was planning to use illegal aliens (his
words) as well as legal immigrants to help out with the Census next year in finding the
hard-to-count in the Hispanic neighborhoods. "He said it several times, until
one reporter asked him whether the Congress would think it was a good idea to have
undocumented workers on the government payroll. ... If Prewitt didn't mean to say he was
ready to hire illegal immigrants, then why did he try to make a distinction between
"legal residents" (meaning non-citizens allowed to live in the United States)
and "legal immigrants." If there is one, it's awfully technical.
House Republicans should make sure Prewitt promises unequivocally not to hire illegal
aliens for Census 2000." (National Review On-Line 07/13/99)
Calif to "buy"
minorities in Census 2000 for $37.50 each! (05/05/99)
WASHINGTON -- "The speaker of the California Assembly came to the capital this week
with an offer the federal government couldn't refuse: $30 million in state money to
improve the 2000 census for what is probably the nation's hardest-to-count state
"The expenditure proposed by Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa (D-Los Angeles), if
approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Gray Davis, would dwarf contributions that
other states are making toward the crucial decennial population count.
"In [the 1990 Census], California had a larger "undercount"--residents who
were missed by the census, generally from poor and minority communities--than any other
state and has suffered for it by losing additional representation in the House of
Representatives and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.
"Although California's official 1990 population was recorded as 29.7 million, experts
say that figure omitted more than 800,000 residents who either failed to answer the
federal request for information or could not be reached."
Assuming that 800,000 minorities will be "undercounted" in 2000 without the $30
million census bribe from California, then the cost for California of purchasing
additional minorities for the purpose of increasing federal aid is computed as
follows: $30 million divided by 800,000 "undercounted" minorities = $37.50
for each additional minority counted in Census 2000!
Thus, $30 million is not a bad investment by California considering that the purchase of
these extra minorities could result in an additional hundreds of millions of dollars in
federal aid! (Based on Los Angeles Times, 05/05/99 by Nick Anderson)
Told "Report Your Race, or Lose Federal Aid" (03/31/99)
"We want to hit the ground running, make sure that New Yorkers and especially
immigrants, Hispanics and minorities understand that if they're not counted, they
don't count," City Councilman Guillermo Linares (D-Manhattan) said at City Hall.
Councilman Linares exhorted his minority voters to make sure they are counted or risk
losing hundreds of millions of dollars in race-targeted government funding for race-based
"Also yesterday, at Ellis Island, representatives from the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Education Fund announced a similar nationwide campaign to encourage Hispanics
around the country to be counted." (NY Daily News 03/31/99 by Carolina
Racial categories shouldn't be an issue
"Bad form aside, the matter of how Americans are to be identified as to race is a
notoriously unscientific, subjective and often contemptible way of categorizing and
classifying citizens. The simple, all-American answer: The government -- since it is bound
to treat people as individuals who possess freedom, dignity and equal rights regardless of
race, color or creed -- should not ask people what 'race' they 'belong' to.
"The best approach to this imbroglio would be to eliminate race as a category on the
census altogether. Constitutionally, the census was instituted to apportion congressional
districts, and race isn't supposed to matter in that process.
"What if every American checked every single box on the form, claiming
"membership" in every arbitrary racial group -- and making hash of the race
statistics?" (From the Jacksonville Daily News, 11/10/97)