Letters to the Editor

LTE: Census Futility

Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 11:45:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: R. Jones
Subject: Letter to the Editor

I just recently received my cencus form in the mail. While filling out the form, I thought about something I read from an article posted on your website. If the government is going to assign multiracial people to the majority group for whatever area they live in, why even bother to fill out the form and send it in? furthermore, since I’m a 2nd generation Garifuna from Belize (African/Amerindian), will I be classified as native american or african american. The Government already made this mistake before by putting “black” on the birth certificates of me and my siblings and gave us the hardest time about changing this. My children are half German. What will they be considered since we live in a racially diverse area? Maybe the Gov’t will get it right someday-after Jesse Jackson has retired.

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