**CAUTION** Major rant proceed with caution.
I got the US Census today. I looked and GASPED! Oh no they didn't! Who comes up with these questions? Our nation fought and fought HARD to give freedom to ALL Americans, then we had to watch them fight again for voting rights. Next we fighting for educational and employment equality. We FINALLY have a President of a different nationality and the US Census has the NERVE to ask. First if all, I am a natural born American of MANY nationalities, so at this point the only race I am is human. Second of all, I support any race being able to be president (their race has nothing to do with whether or not I vote for them).
SO WHY IN THE WORLD did the US Census Bureau approve the top 2 questions on the Census?
First choice: White
Second choice: Black, African Am., Negro
So, first of all, white is NOT a race! And why name that one first? Second of all, black is not a race. Thirdly, Not all dark skin humans are African. Don't even ask me what I think of using the N word. Some don't think it's a big deal to say that, but I DO!
When I was in the seventh grade, the school decided to do an experiment without us knowing. When we arrived at school (the week of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) there were signs all over the room. Those with blond hair could not drink from the fountain, look in the mirror and all our 'blond' desks were moved to the back of the room. I was appalled. As a seventh grader I thought these teachers were nuts. I literally thought to myself, "This is not a very nice way to celebrate Rev. King Jr.'s day. Did these teachers not learn from all that?" But we had to 'play along'. So the first thing we had to do was wait for all the brunettes to decide if the only read headed girl was considered blond or not. They voted her in with the brunettes. So then the next thing we decided to do was boycott. So we left class. And they let us. Then we started telling everyone what they were doing and started speaking out during class breaks and lunch recess. It got out of hand. Some of the kids started teasing us, then bullying us. The teachers did nothing about it. Then I got angry and I yelled at my teacher for not helping and told him I thought it was getting out of hand.
I was sent to the principal's office. Yep, just me. I sat there waiting for him to enter the office. I sat there staring at the spanking paddle. (yes, they had one back then) I thought, "There is no way that man will get that paddle on my rear end." He entered the room quietly and asked me what was going on. So I told him everything. He agreed that it had gotten out of control and he announced to the class that the experiment was over. The next class we had was Geography and when we walked in... there was the film projector. We sat down and they played Rev. King Jr.'s footage. I sat there holding back the tears. I had already known about the history of our nation and the unfair treatment of the people. The class was silent during the film. It was an experience I will never forget. I don't know if it impacted the rest of the class like it did me, but I know that my belief in equality was grounded even deeper that day.
So after all the fighting in this nation, numerous statues and streets name ofter Rev. King Jr. and Rosa Parks then why in the WORLD does our US Census Bureau seek to FURTHER classify the American people by race? Have we not learned ANYTHING?
Who created this form anyway? Was the panel racist?
According to our Constitutional rights we ONLY have to give them a headcount. They can NOT fine you for not filling out the rest. You do NOT have to put your name, birthdate, or signature anywhere on the form. They do NOT ask for any verification of who you are, or where you live. You can voluntarily tell them, but you do not HAVE to tell them. They only need the headcount in order to appoint a number of representatives in state. Even that part doesn't make sense to me since my four kids aren't voting age.
People say, "O but don't you know they can use that info to send your state and county funds to help your communities?" To which I say, "O so the race of the people is a deciding factor in those funds?" WHAT DID OUR FOREFATHERS FIGHT FOR? What did Rev. King Jr. and Rosa Parks (and MANY others) go through to only end up with THIS? Why does the US Census Bureau want to know what race we are? What is the purpose? Does it have anything to do with money? Do they only give money based on our race?
Don't throw that 'statistics' excuse at me. Statistics?!? For what? You want to count how many different races represent crime? Do you know WHY this matters? Because race is STILL a factor in equality! When is America going to GROW UP? People become criminals because it's who they are, not because of their race!
Stop trying to 'prove' otherwise, you only continue to divide our nation!
Geez do these people NOT study history? How many nations have to go through major upheavel, deaths, imprisonment, riots, etc before we can all live that dream?