This year, much has been made about including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. The question shifts the focus away from ethnicity, and asks whether you were born in America, naturalized as a citizen, or are in the process of becoming a citizen. States are currently suing the federal government over the issue, and a case is pending before the Supreme Court this term. The Heritage Explains video series tackles the citizenship issue, explaining why conservatives are using the opportunity to stop government bureaucrats from dividing us.
The census determines how people are counted and classified for official purposes. As such the census data is often used to support race-based government policies and the promotion of identity politics. The census creates an opportunity for the federal government to divide people into new ethnic groups and promotes policies that grant benefits to one group of Americans over another. The Heritage Foundation opposes using race as a factor to create government policies.
Our leading census expert is Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. He has written extensively on identity politics, and his insightful research forms the basis of the Heritage Explains video. The video shows that the federal government has used the citizenship question in the census for decades. Equally important, Gonzalez’s research shows citizenship, rather than arbitrary questions of ethnicity, is what actually unites us.
As a Heritage member, you can be assured that we are cutting through the media clutter to explain the issues that matter right now. Our dedicated experts like Mike Gonzalez are working to keep liberals from dividing Americans on race. Heritage supports policies that unite Americans, and thanks to you, our research has an impact.
What other changes should be made to the census to encourage American values, and discourage identity politics?