Ignore The Census

Filled out your census form yet? If not, you're in good company. According to census officials, forty-three percent of all Americans didn't return their form by the April 1 deadline. A mere forty-eight percent have returned the long form. "The widespread attack on the long form could have serious consequences," whined Census Director Kenneth Prewitt to Congress.

Government bureaucrats and well-meaning journalists are nervously wringing their hands over the low response rate, fearing an undercount of America's population. But let's face it: filling out the census is like voting: alienating, annoying, and ultimately meaningless. It's no coincidence that the number of people who didn't bother to vote in the last national election is about the same as the number who chucked their Census in the trash with the rest of the junk mail.

The low rate of returning the census form, like the low rate of voting, reflects most Americans' disinterest or disgust with politics as usual, whether such politics is outlawing guns, raising interest rates, racial profiling, or prying into individuals' private lives.

We understand the value of an accurate count of African Americans and American Indians, since federal monies to these communities often depend on census figures. Still, we don't fear an undercount of the nation's overall population. In fact, we sincerely hope that for once the white folks will be undercounted. Anything that lessens the power of the white race in the government can only be a good thing.

As for the rumors that large numbers of treasonous whites checked "Black" on their census forms or are telling that to bewildered census takers who come to their homes, we have nothing to do with spreading them.

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