Keeping identity politics at bay

The Census Bureau recently announced that it would not be making changes to the 2020 U.S. census recommended by former President Barack Obama’s administration.

“The Census Bureau will not use a combined question format for collecting race and ethnicity; or a separate ‘Middle Eastern or North African’ category on the census form,” the announcement noted.

Mike Gonzales, a senior fellow in Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, argues that these changes would negatively affect the country because it would further divide the country on ethnic lines.

He states that:

The proposals would affect the country adversely in at least three ways: (1) adding one more ethnic group would further divide America along ethnic lines, (2) creating a Hispanic “race” would deepen these fractures, and (3) dangling further economic benefits, including affirmative action and new congressional districts, would help perpetuate divisions within the country because it gives people an incentive to identify themselves with minority groups.

Instead, the 2018 End-to-End Census Test and 2020 census will continue to use two separate questions for collecting data on race and ethnicity, a move Heritage has advocated for.

Heritage continues to push against measures that would needlessly divide the Union.

Because of your support Heritage is able to push back against the scourge of identity politics that needlessly divides the country.

How do you feel about the current Census rules?

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