Census Would Never Be Misused…

Written by Scott

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We got our census form today, and there are definitely some more intrusive questions. Like many people, I’ve been researching what is officially required to be answered by law. Unfortunately, answers are all over the place.

So let’s start with what the bureau itself states in their FAQ online in reference to something simple, like the request for phone number:

17. Why do you need my telephone number?
We may need to clarify your form responses. If we have a telephone number, we may be able to do this without having to send a census worker to your home. Your telephone number is kept confidential, as are all your responses.

Innocent enough, right? Confidential. Besides this is our government, and surely we can trust them.

So now let’s take a look at something far more ominous: questions about race. Surely that information would only be used to help federal programs, civil rights, etc. That’s the official word.

But let’s look at reality. Step back to 1942. The Census Bureau created a special list based on the 1940 census that detailed how many Japanese-Americans lived in each neighborhood. On Feb 19th, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, and the Army began rounding up AMERICAN CITIZENS based on this census list, and placed them in internment camps (which is a slightly more pleasant version, and more politically-correct version of concentration camps).

But what does the Constitution say? It’s right there in Article 1, Section 2:

Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

Enumeration…that’d be numbers, the actual counting of the people. Not home or land ownership, not telephone number, not race.

Although I do have some reservations about filling out our census documents, there is no denying that a census can be an incredibly useful way to trace your family history. For instance, a friend of mine is currently compiling his family tree and he has found that census documents dating back to the 1910s have proved to be an incredibly valuable resource! You can learn more about using census data from the 1910s here: https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/census/1910-records.

Above all, you can learn so much about your ancestors by going through old census data and obituary archives on genealogy websites so I can definitely see why compiling a census is so important.

However, I won’t and can’t tell you how to answer yours. Nor will I tell you how I’m answering mine…partially because I have yet to decide. But for those that which to place their unwavering trust on a government that has abused the information before, I want you to think about some of these things…

PS I *do* like the idea of stating race as: American.