So, last week I received the Census in the mail ( nope, not the letter telling me that is was coming...or the post card to remind me to complete the census, but the actual CENSUS). I opened it up, and began to complete it. Name, check. Birthday, check. Do you rent or own, rent! Blah, blah, blah. Then I get to the point of Race. Now this is where it gets GOOD. Are you Hispanic? Yes or No- No. Next, check as all that apply....
White? Well, yes, one of my parents Caucasian- but I'm going to let this one slide, as I understand that the Census needs to be accessible to everyone regardless of education.
Black? Well, no, in fact at this point in the year ( living in snow covered New England) I am more of a soft caramel color.
African Am.? Well, is that asking if I am of African Decent just in the morning time? Nope, I am BROWN all of the time. 24/7.
And this is where I really start to loose it... wait for it...
NEGRO? I'm sorry, but it is at this point that I had to check the front cover to make sure it said Census 2010 and not Census 1960. I circled the word and wrote " What?" next to it.
This is how I see this playing out in a lower socioeconomic house hold.....
Am I Hispanic? No
Am I white? Nope
Am I Black? Well, I am closer to brown, but let me keep reading that line to make sure this is the one I should check
Am I African AM? Well, no,I am brown all day long. Let me keep reading.
Am I a NEGRO? Oh, yes, that's me! Why didn't they just say so?
What is the world is going on here? Really, in 2010 we don't think that people will understand what Black means? And do we need to abbreviate African American? Do we really think so little of our country men and women that we would need to bring back a word that has been socially unacceptable for decades now?
We have a multi-racial president. I wonder what President and Mrs. Obama will be checking as they fill out their Census. Will they be pleased to see such an archaic word used to describe themselves and their lovely daughters? I sincerely hope NOT!
There are a myriad of other things I could go off about in regards to the Census, but I'm going to stick with this one point. Let's get it together people!