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From: Jennifer Hochschild <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:35:42 -0400
References: <><044201cac57c$3ed2a810$5e82af48@Ken1>
In-Reply-To: <044201cac57c$3ed2a810$5e82af48@Ken1>

actually, the funds distributed by the federal government using census
data (about $435 billion in FY 2007) depend on the number of people in a
given geographic area, and sometimes on their income or other
characteristic (e.g. disability). The funds are NOT distributed
according to race or ethnicity, however defined. So, Ken, by filling out
your census form you do indeed help the local cause.


On 3/16/2010 10:47 PM, Ken Nordtvedt wrote:
> Welcome to the modern world of "identity politics".
> As the gov and all their hangers on remind us every day, there's lots of
> money at stake in its distribution.
> My gas and electric bill yesterday even had a little blurb reminding me to
> fill out my census for the good of the money which could come to my
> locality.
> However, given my North Sea Mixed Mutt racial make up, I don't think I help
> the local cause.
Jennifer L. Hochschild
Harvard University
Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government,
Professor of African and African American Studies, and
Harvard College Professor

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