• Should the Census Consider Latinos a "Race"?

    by Geraldo Cadava

    Although major Latino civil rights organizations have endorsed a proposal to combine two census questions and make "Hispanic or Latino" a racial category. Afro-Latino/a advocates say that this would make it impossible to evaluate internal divisions around skin color and ancestry. 

  • The 1950 Census was a Last-of-its-Kind Treasure Trove of Information

    by Dan Bouk

    "As we celebrate the release of the 1950 Census records, it is an opportune moment to think again about the role the census has played — and may still play — in preserving the nation’s past by preserving a substantial accounting of each of us."

  • Scrapping the Color Code: A Post-Racial America is Inevitable

    by Jim Sleeper

    The 2020 Census is showing that whiteness is no longer the civic and cultural norm, but also that bureacratic color-coding can't support a version of civic Americanism that can stand up to a growing white backlash. 

  • The Harvard Mimeograph

    by Dan Bouk

    The story of the 1920 census shows how difficult it can be to disentangle the methodology of the Census from the political impact of the results. 

  • Representation Suffers When We Give Up on Census

    by Karim Michel Tiro

    The abrogation of the census count, if it is allowed to happen, would harm our ability to make sound decisions. It also would mark a further erosion of that basic fairness that is essential to any democratic republic worthy of the name.

  • 100 years ago, Congress threw out results of the census

    by Walter Reynolds Farley

    Census 2020 is far from the first census to set off bitter political fights. One hundred years ago, results from Census 1920 initiated a decadelong struggle about how to allocate a state’s seats in Congress.