This is the sheet of the 2020 US census that has us telling a little about ourselves. My household seem to get one of the shorter versions, but *all* will have this on them.
For you who don’t want to squint at the picture, the most curious question is below
What is Person 1’s race? (the print area is 16 characters)
White – Print, for example, German, Irish, English, Italian, Lebanese, Egyptian, etc
Black or African Am. – Print, for example, African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethopian, Somali, etc.
American Indian or Alaskan Native – Print name of enrolled or principal tribe(s), for example Navajo Nation, Blackfeet Tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village of Barro Inupiat Traditional Government, Nome Eskimo Community
Chamorro (these are folks from Guam and the Mariannas Islands)
Other Asian – Print, for example, Pakistani, Cambodian, Hmong, etc
Other Pacific Islander – Print, for example, Tongan, Fijian, Marshallese, etc
Some other race – Print race or origin
Now we’ve had some problems here with Trump and his bigoted followers and allies with what was going to be on our census. The Trumpies wanted this on the census “’Is this person a Citizen of the United States?’”
This was, of course, to feed their hate and fear of immigrants. It was kept off the census.
But as you can see above, we have what they seem to think will work. From what I suspect, a lot of people will put their ancestry and this gives our white supremacists something to work on since that orange asshole only wants people from the Nordic countries just like his wannabee nazi friends. You of course remember the reference to “shithole countries”. The 2010 Census form didn’t have such questions on it for people of caucasian or African descent. 2010questionnaire
Now, I’m quite a mixed back when it comes to ancestry. I did one of those gene tests for my folks, knowing that anything they had I would have, so didn’t need to get one for myself. My ancestry is Austrian, English, Nordic (the alpha 1 anti-trypisin deficiency genetic screw up originated there), Hungarian and evidently I have a little of Sephardic Jew in there somewhere. What the fuck am I supposed to put down?
This question makes no sense *unless* you want to figure out who are the “pure” people and who aren’t.
I’m putting “American” in the box. No one needs to know where you came from, just who you are now.
4 thoughts on “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – the United States of America 2020 Census form”
I was adopted as a baby and some years back I was able to find out my ancestry — 1/2 Mexican, 1/2 German. Now how in the heck do I answer their question?
And the question before this one … Is Person (#) of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? Wonder if I write “None of your business” in the space below if they’ll come after me?
So, they did manage to mess with it.
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LOL. Ask Ancestry, 23andme, or the Chinese government (courtesy of the DoD). They all know more about me than I do. I don’t recall the questions on past census questionnaires. But, I can assure them that it has not changed since then. 🙂