More On Racial Categories

Jay Klingman nunes at NORTHLINK.COM
Sat Jan 1 11:57:15 MST 2000

We wish them well but they don't have a prayer with all of the minorities
(the NON-European Americans) feeding at the entitlement trough. Who will
take the lead: the African Americans, Asian Americans or the Hispanic
American all enjoying the efforts of the taxpayers. The NON-minorities, the
European Americans, are powerless and are in disarray and are not likely to
be able to take the lead. Or maybe the Clintonoids along with the liberal
extremists will eliminate the gov categories located within the vaults of
the presidential Office of Management and Budget Directive #15.   Jay

> From: PapaPaul <febboy at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Subject: More On Racial Categories
> Date: Thursday, July 10, 1997 8:19 PM
> Folks, the following came to me in the magic
> EmailBox.  Since we are on the subject, I
> thought I would share it with you:
> Paul
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> For release: July 10, 1997
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> Libertarian Party urges nationwide boycott
> of government's "official" racial categories
>         WASHINGTON, DC -- The Libertarian Party has launched a national
> campaign to abolish the government's system of racial classifications,
> and is urging Americans to refuse to disclose their race on census
> forms in the year 2000.
>         "For 20 long years, the U.S. government has demeaned every
> American by pigeonholing us according to the color of our skin," said
> the party's national chairman, Steve Dasbach. "In three years, when the
> census takers ask about our race, we hope Americans will stand up and
> say: No more. Tell these fill-in-the-blank bureaucrats that your race
> is none of the government's business."
>         The party launched the campaign this week when the federal
> government, after a three-year study, decided not to abolish its five
> official racial classifications. Instead, government bureaucrats said
> multiracial Americans should check several boxes, such as black and
> white, on the 2000 census form.
>         The goals of the Libertarian Party's "Say No to Racial
> Classifications" campaign are to build public awareness of how
> politicians exploit racial classifications to further divide the nation
> along racial grounds, and to eliminate them from all government forms,
> said Dasbach.
>         "We're telling Americans: Stop and think before you check that
> box," Dasbach said. "If millions of Americans withheld their racial
> data from the government, the politicians' framework for American
> Apartheid would crash to the ground."
>         To spread the word, the party is enlisting the support of a
> network of activists and registered voters across the country and is
> mounting a nationwide media blitz.
>          The government's current five "official" racial categories,
> created by the Office of Management and Budget in 1977, are white,
> black, American Indian/Eskimo, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic.
> Federal agencies use the classifications to bestow benefits such as
> jobs, low-interest loans, and college scholarships.
>         "Sadly, the government of a nation dedicated to liberty and
> equality under the law is using arbitrary racial characteristics as a
> wedge to pry Americans further apart," Dasbach said.
>         Even the courts are getting into the act, and have become
> America's latest racial battleground, Dasbach noted.
>         In March, for example, an Egyptian immigrant implored a federal
> court to change his government-mandated racial classification from
> white to black. The man, Mostafa Hefny of Detroit, insists that he is
> black because his ancestors come from the ancient black kingdom of
> Nubia, which is now part of Egypt and Sudan. But the government insists
> that he is white.
>         In an attempt to get himself reclassified as black, Hefny
> explained to the court that his skin is darker than General Colin
> Powell's, who is officially classified as black.
>         "Why is the government so obsessed with the color of Hefny's
> skin?" Dasbach asked. "Because politicians are desperately fighting to
> preserve racial categories so they can preserve their power to hand out
> favors."
>         Dasbach encouraged American politicians to learn from other
> nations with more progressive racial policies -- such as South Africa.
>         "A decade ago, the U.S. government imposed trade sanctions to
> pressure the South African government to repeal its system of racial
> classification called Apartheid," he said. "Wouldn't it be ironic if
> South Africa, which has since repudiated government-sponsored racial
> discrimination, now imposed sanctions against the United States for the
> same reason?"
>         Fortunately, if the Libertarian Party's campaign is successful,
> American politicians won't have to rely on a foreign government to
> teach them racial tolerance, Dasbach said.
>         "Every single American can strike a blow for a colorblind
> society by saying 'no' to the census takers and 'no' to racial
> classifications," Dasbach said. "We're all Americans -- what else does
> the government need to know?"
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