Yesterday, I had trouble getting things done, yet given that the Census is a constitutional mandate, I did make sure to send in my form.
To be sure, I balked at the questions on ethnicity. Today, the words of perhaps the greatest dissent in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court came to me. And I wished I had quoted Justice John Marshall Harlan’s objection to the majority decision in Plessy v. Ferguson: “Our constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.”
Nor should the Bureau of the Census ask us such questions. The constitution mandate the census for the purpose of apportioning representation and direct taxation. And yet, we get these postcards telling us to fill it out so out jurisdiction can get its share of federal largesse.
Well, you can guess if there are questions about race and ethnicity, the gay groups want their share of the spoils too. The juveniles at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) want to “queer” the census, having us affix pink stickers to our census forms (you know, like Seventh Grade girls put on their notebooks) asking that we be counted as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight ally.”
Gee and I thought the goal was for the state not to judge us by our sexuality, but to treat as as equal before the law. Our sexuality should not be a factor in the federal enumeration. Our sexual orientation is, not, well, it shouldn’t be the government’s business.
So beholden has NGLTF become to the balkanization of our society that they insist the government, for enumeration purposes, count us a gay. What next? Gerrymandered congressional districts to ensure our voted is not diluted?