Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Census Bureau Loses Multiracial Population--Again!

Census Bureau Alert-Current Population Survey: 2011 — The tables include detailed statistics about five-year age groups by sex, the 55-and-older population, the Hispanic population, the black population and the Asian population. The tables provide a wide range of social, economic and housing characteristics, such as marital status, educational attainment, nativity, employment status, occupation, poverty and housing tenure. The Current Population Survey, which has been conducted since 1940, is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the primary source of the nation's labor force statistics and provides understanding of labor market conditions.


  1. As much as I don't love multiracial people being called "the two or more races population", I would rather see that than to be excluded all together. Again.

    Refuse to be invisible.

  2. KB, "'the two or more races population'" doesn't even sound grammatically correct; it’s awkward and far too long. "Multiracial Population," is so much clearer and concise you’d think government bureaucracies would make a clamorous rush to use it - to save space (42 letters and spaces opposed to 32 letters and spaces, respectively) and/or trees.

    I think I know why it is that the decision makers at the Census Bureau have such a difficult time understanding that we pay their salaries and other benefits; meaning, they work for us. They are public s e r v a n t s. Apparently, government workers have forgotten who it is that governs the government.

    The most commonly held reason of all that government bureaucracies have trouble with convenient memory loss and intelligent decision-making is a very simple one. Narcissistic department “heads” persist in the delusion that only their decisions “count.” The cause of this erroneous belief? Sitting on their brains far too long and convincing themselves they are “important.”

    Thanks for the post, Susan.