The 2010 Census is counting Negroes…

January 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve always thought the census was important for legislative/representation issues, but I haven’t really thought about the census until, well, the last time the census was taken.  And every time it comes up, Americans (primarily people of color) question how they are being categorized.   It’s as though the categorization becomes a definition and everything the definition implies (think about how “negroes” were portrayed in the mainstream media before “black” became in vogue).  Personally I think “negro” is retro — and not in a good way (the constant use of the n-word is a bigger problem).  But this does provide yet another entry point for an interesting conversation on race…     V. Linson

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