Posts Tagged ‘census 2010’

Race: American! Works for me.

Posted: March 9, 2010 by datechguy in opinion/news
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via Robert Stacy, I’m DaTechGuy and I endorse this message from Mark Kirkorian:

Instead, we should answer Question 9 by checking the last option — “Some other race” — and writing in “American.” It’s a truthful answer but at the same time is a way for ordinary citizens to express their rejection of unconstitutional racial classification schemes. In fact, “American” was the plurality ancestry selection for respondents to the 2000 census in four states and several hundred counties.

So remember: Question 9 — “Some other race” — “American”. Pass it on.

I talk a lot about being a Sicilian, but that is said because the “American” part is understood. Maybe it needs to be emphasized a bit more these days.

I’m American I’m proud and lucky to be it and if Sicily was so great my grandparents would have stayed there.

This was the letter I sent to the editor of my local paper concerning this article that I blogged about yesterday:

The Bigotry of low expectations


I was quite distressed reading today’s paper that our Mayor running for re-election apparently is planning to endorse the count of illegal immigrants in the Census count.

The suggestion that we should aid those disobeying United States law to continue to violate it is troubling enough, but the idea that we will do it in order to for our advantage as a city to increase the share of state and federal funds paid by our fellow tax payers to support said illegality is frankly disgusting and dishonorable.

Our city is rightly proud of our immigrant history. Italians, French, Finns, Irish and Poles are just some who came not asking for accommodation and assistance but in gratitude for the chance of a better live for themselves and their children. All contributed to our city without violating federal laws. Encouraging illegal immigration insults their memory AND a treats a whole race of people as peons to be cared for rather than equals to be accepted as fellow Americans. I can’t think of a more patronizing or bigoted action.

Some don’t want to enforce these laws. Tell me; shall we choose to ignore the fair housing, gun control, labor or minimum wage laws? Perhaps we can ignore the laws on gay marriage? We live in a representative republic, if we do not like the current laws we can elect representatives to modify or repeal them. Selective law enforcement is tyranny.

If a person running for office is unwilling to enforce the laws they will be sworn to uphold, then they should not stand for office. If a public official feels as an act of conscience they can’t enforce the law they should resign. Otherwise it is their duty to uphold the laws of the land. This is part of the series of rights and responsibilities that come hand in hand with a representative republic. If our mayor is unwilling to support federal law she should stand down.

As of this writing I don’t know if it will be run, we will see.

…that is if he wants one:

Community leaders gathered at the Montachusett Regional Planning office on Friday to talk about the importance of reaching the “hard to count” population living in the area, including low-income residents and illegal immigrants, in the upcoming 2010 census.

Oh we are going to count illegals in the census? The story is titled:

Low-income, illegals must be counted, say local leaders

the mayor’s position?

Wong said she, or a representative from her office, will be part of this year’s Complete Census Count Committee, to provide census workers with relevant information on city demographics, in order to be sure as many people as possible are surveyed.

I think it would be very interesting to see if the mayor directly says that illegal immigrants could be counted rather than deported. Mr. Ford the head of the Minority Coalition in Fitchburg reaction was predictable:

“You’re a human being in that town that affects everybody else’s style of living,” said Ford. “It doesn’t make sense not to count them.”

Yes you do effects peoples style of living, you siphon tax dollars and services from local state and federal government that could be used for oh I don’t know Turning on the street lights. There’s are different words you can use to describe illegal actions to secure tax money from taxpayers. The word I’d use is: “fraud”.

We have a large amount of drug dealers and gangs here in Fitchburg too, they also affect people’s style of living. They provide police hours, a desired service, they spend money in hardware stores for spraypaint, perhaps we shouldn’t arrest them either.

At least one Fitchburg pol sees some trouble with this:

(State Rep)DiNatale said asking illegal immigrants to participate in the census in order to increase federal funding for the population creates a bit of a conflict for him.

Someone needs to ask the mayor directly if she supports counting illegals locally, if she says yes then there is a ready made issue for candidate Michael “Fuzzy” Voisine.

Mayor Wong is considered up and coming in the local democratic party. A few months ago I said the following:

Right now I’m leaning toward the incumbent but it isn’t a clear cut choice for me. The Mayor is a highly educated person who has a lot of theory behind her and is a very hard worker, but Fuzzy has the actual practical experience in real life that is vital on the local level.

If this is the sign of what we’ll be seeing as she rises then I guess my vote is becoming more clear but not in the direction it once was.