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Friday, March 12, 2010

To Answer or Not to Answer the Census? That Is the Question, 3-11-10

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

I have been deluged lately with requests asking me whether one has to answer all of the questions on the 2010 Census, particularly those about race and ethnic background. Like Mark Krikorian, I don’t like those questions and don’t think the U.S. government should be collecting that information — its only use is to continue to separate us on racial grounds, for reapportionment purposes and for certain government programs.

Mark has said that he is going to answer “American” on the race question. I have always been tempted to answer “Native American,” since I was born and raised here. However, people need to understand that they may incur a legal liability if they use such answers or don’t answer questions at all.

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1 comment:

Roger said...

No, there is no law against a native-born American answering "Native American" on the census form. You have to fill out and return the form, but you do not have to give a racial classification that you are uncomfortable with.

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