Saturday, March 20, 2010

The 2010 Census - Snapshot of America?

I just finished filling out the 2010 census. They say they are counting people. What they don’t say is that they are counting people and categorizing them. Making “demographics.” The problem I have with this year’s count is that they are so focused on counting and dividing races that they are leaving out one important race – mixed. There’s not a box for that.

So, the question is not a matter of what bloodline you are, but how you want society to count you. Let’s say, if you have a Hispanic mother and a Black father, you have to make a choice. Hmmm. What shall I choose? Does that give an accurate snapshot of the races in America?

In the matter of categorization, It seems that if a black person and a person of any other race produce children, their offspring are always counted as black. In addition, if two people of mixed race get together, their offspring are also considered black. Is this an 18th century rule? At what point does a person become so mixed they become “raceless?”

When will all this categorization become a problem, thus creating change? What about the blacks? Will they see it as a conspiracy by the whites to eliminate their minority status? A sneaky way of taking away affirmative action? Or will it become a issue for whites? Will they see it as a conspiracy by the blacks to “cleanse” out the white race?

America has always been a melting pot of races, who have always had to bang heads until they learned to get along. At some point I am hoping that we become a nation of just simply Americans.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm Not Jay

Okay, I'm not Jay Leno. But that doesn't stop people from running up to me at least twice a day with: "Has anyone told you you look like Jay Leno?"

I need to wear a sign around my neck that says, "Yeah, I know I look like Jay, but would he drive a 1997 rusted-out Ford F-150?" And to add insult to injury, I'm not that funny. Just ask my wife. Not that I don't have opinions about what's happening in the news, but it's more like a What the #$%$?

So...I started this blog to voice my opinions, since nobody around here listens to them any more. Tune in. I can get pretty mouthy.