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Teen Project RACE


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Here are some Census Tips for the 2010 Census:

  • 2010 Census Multiracial Tips
    • March 31
    • Are the members of Project RACE happy with having the ability to check more than one race on the census? Yes–and no. It is certainly a major improvement over the 1990 census, but we also proposed an umbrella category of “multiracial” with multiple check-offs under the larger classification. This would be very similar to the Asian category, which has Asian with many subcategories and the Hispanic ethnic category with subcategories. We also proposed the same multiple check-off configuration as they have now, but with instructions that would read, “Check one. If you consider yourself to be multiracial, check two or more.”

    • March 30
    • Why did the Census Bureau decide to allow people to check two or more racial classifications? Because the membership of Project RACE began advocating for the change immediately after the 1990 census. We have been working for this for over 20 years.

    • March 29
    • Is the multiracial population expected to be larger than on the 2000 Census? Yes! The multiracial population has been projected as the fastest growing demographic group in the country.

    • March 28
    • I have one parent who is Hispanic and one parent who is not. I call myself “multiethnic.” Can I designate that on the census? No, unfortunately, you have only two options, Hispanic or not Hispanic. You can not be multiethnic because there is only one ethnicity (Hispanic) on the census.

    • March 27
    • I do not see the term “multiracial” on the census form. What do they call us? Multiracial people are counted as “People of More than One Race” or “The Two or More Races Population.”

    • March 26
    • Why does the census need to know my race anyway? Racial populations are taken into account for many reasons: drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts; planning for school projects, planning for medical services, publishing economic and statistical reports about the United States and its people, and reapportioning seats in the House of Representatives, to name just a few.

    • March 25
    • Remember it is your right to answer Question #9–the race question–as you decide. You can choose one race or as many as you wish.

    • March 24
    • How much does it cost to have the 2010 Census? The current estimate is over $16 billion.

    • March 23
    • Kids, you can ask your parents to check what you would like on the 2010 Census forms.

    • March 22
    • Teenagers, have open discussions with your parents if you want them to mark two or more races for you on your census form.

    • March 21
    • Project RACE and Teen Project RACE are not “partners” with the US Census Bureau, although we have been in contact with their race and ethnicity experts. We have an issue with the 2010 Questionnaire Reference Book (QRB) because it states: “The race response categories shown on the questionnaires are collapsed into the five minimum race groups identified by the OMB and the Census Bureau’s ‘Some other race’ category.” It is very misleading.

    • March 20
    • There is an “Only check one race” suggestion floating around some Internet blogs. If you choose to check only one race when you are entitled to check more, the only community you are hurting is the multiracial one. OUR NUMBERS COUNT!

    • March 19
    • What happens if I do not fill out and return my Census? If you did not receive nor do not return a questionnaire, a census worker will probably come to your home and ask for the information.

    • March 18
    • Do I have to fill out and return your census questionnaire? This is from the Census Bureau: “The Constitution requires a count every 10 years of everyone living in the United States, regardless of their nationality, citizenship status, race, age, or gender.” The government also conducts The American Community Survey every year, an Economic Census every five years, and its Population Estimates Program is ongoing. We cannot advise you further about whether you should fill out and return your 2010 Census.

    • March 17
    • Parents, have you asked your kids what race(s) they want to be on the 2010 Census?

    • March 16
    • Some groups are urging multiracial people to check “Some Other Race” and write in “American.” If you do, you will not be counted as multiracial. WE COUNT! Check two or more boxes!

    • March 15
    • We have worked hard to get the ability to check two or more races on the census, so please make sure you check all that apply for question number 9. Do NOT check “Some Other Race” on Question 9. If you do, you might not be counted correctly!