Census race question causing confusion in TucsonPosted: Updated:
It's time for the government to probe a bit into your private life. But a couple of the questions on the census form we all fill out are raising some questions.
Near the entrance to the 4th avenue underpass, thousands of photos line the wall -- it's a snapshot of Tucson's identity etched in shades of gray.
The census, meanwhile, wants an accurate count of Tucson's diverse breakdown, but for some people, one question on the form is as gray as the photos on the wall.
Question 8 is simple enough for most people, "Is this person of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?"
For those who mark yes, many admit coming to the next question with confusion, "What is the person's race?"
Available answers include white, black, American Indian, or various Asian categories.
The question is important because federal agencies need to monitor compliance with the voting rights and civil rights acts... And the census bureau says skipping it results in an incomplete form.
Webster's dictionary defines race as a group of people that quote- "shares certain distinctive physical traits."
That said, census workers say there is no right or wrong answer to question 9.
People can answer however they want, even if the option isn't listed. All in an effort to accurately portray the diversity of the Old Pueblo.