Thinktanks & Research

Eliminating Identity Politics from the U.S. Census

By Mike Gonzalez and Hans von Spakovsky ● Heritage Foundation ● 06/29/2018

In the 1970s, progressive interest groups pressured the Census Bureau to divide the entire country into often artificial ethnic and racial categories. This result, in turn, gave the Census’s racial and ethnic taxonomy an unjustified relevance that was previously absent. It also gave birth to what is today often called “identity politics” by providing official “approval” of the notion that the country is divided into adversarial identity groups.