Don’t answer race questions on census form

This post was written by marc on March 16, 2010
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I got my census form yesterday and I filled it out except that I refused to answer questions 8 and 9 because I think that asking what race you are is a racist question. The way I see it if you go back in time we all come from Africa and humans are not very genetically diverse and there’s no reason to use race to distinguish people. Most people are mixed race. How, for example would President Obama answer the question? Is he black or white? What about Tiger Woods? Is he black or asian? And what race are Tiger’s kids?

The time has come to lose racial identity to end racism and start seeing ourselves as fellow humans and not to assume that you can determine anything from the color of someone’s skin other than the color of their skin. I don’t want to give the government information so that they can make decisions based on race. If the government doesn’t know what race you are then all people are equal. I urge everyone to write in “human” for the race answer or just refuse to answer it.

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