A certain Alissa sent this bitch an email asking for my thoughts on the 2010 Census…specifically, on the inclusion of the word “Negro” on the form.
You asked for it!
I read that the 2010 Census form would include the word “Negro” and I must confess that it made my Afro hurt. When I learned that the Census claims that they added “Negro” in response to people having written that shit in during the last census…well, the pain in my Afro broke records.
Here are my thoughts.
My gut tells me that some folks wrote the word “Negro” in during the last census.
Catch that knee, damn it!
The anthropologist in me understands that there are generational and socio-economic factors that may lead a person of African descent to self-select the word “Negro”.
That doesn’t mean that the United States Census should have added “Negro” in…and it sure as shit doesn’t mean that they should have added it in to a single line option that doesn’t allow people who are offended by the word to select their race separate of that word (note – I’m looking at the form right now and it lists Black, African Am., or Negro).
There is an option to print some other race, but since Black, African Am., or Negro is listed on page 1 as question 9 is filling in Black on the “Some other race – Print race” section under question 9 an error? Would such an error cause problems?
Obviously, a bitch is going to have to call these motherfuckers and get clarification…in writing.
Anyhoo, my major issue with the inclusion of the word “Negro” on the single line racial identity option available to people of African descent is that we’ve had over 20 years of government forms and applications without that shit being listed. I don’t care how many people write in a damn word, someone at the Census had to know that shit would piss people off...
…and that leads me to the real problem.
The inclusion of the word “Negro” on the single line racial identity option available to people of African descent is a turn off. People in my own family are talking about skipping the Census...and that’s more than just troubling.
Census data is beyond important. The reason I’m pissed off at the United States Census is because the data they collect is so damn important that it’s too damn important for those assholes to fuck this shit up this way and add a word in that could result in a measurable percent of Americans not filing this fucking form out.
And put a hold on the “not everyone is offended” or “this really isn’t a big deal” comments – I get that shit.
I’ll repeat – my problem is with the inclusion of “Negro” when it holds the potential of turning off a measurable percent of Americans. Those who prefer the word can…and, if the Census is to be believed, did fill that shit in which is an option under question 9.
What isn’t an option is for those who identify as black…like this bitch…to fill in question 9 without also selecting “Negro” because these tired ass motherfuckers put all that shit on one line, saved that doc and sent it in without another fucking thought about that shit.
So now, a bitch has to call these assholes to make sure that writing Black in when Black is listed as an option…because I really don’t feel like identifying as Black, African Am., or Negro…won’t fucked my form up…cough…when clearly they could have left that word off and whoever the hell these people of color who prefer Negro are would have written that shit in again.
…and let me be very clear about this shit…
…a bitch is going to fill out this fucking Census form.
There is too much riding on the results.
Best case – the folks who do the Census are forever getting shit for the options listed and fucked this one up because they had data from those people who wrote “Negro” in.
Worst case – this is part of a master plan to piss black folk off so we don’t fill out the form.
A bitch’s case – I won’t let a fuck up by The Man keep me from filling the census out and I’ll be damned if I reward deliberate manipulation with my lack attention.
This damn census form is gonna get filled out…
…and if AngryBlackBitch is an option listed during the next census y’all will know EXACTLY where that shit came from.