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Gingersnap
03-26-2010, 09:36 AM
Eye Opener: Group wants southerners to put 'Confederate Southern American' on the Census

Happy Friday! With roughly one week until census forms are due, a group of Confederate rights activists is urging southerners with Confederate ancestors to declare themselves "Confederate Southern Americans" on census forms in order to qualify for national origin protection under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate because of a person's birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. The South Carolina-based Southern Legal Resource Center believes that people with ancestors who were citizens of the Confederate States of America should be entitled to ethnic identity and protection since the country no longer exists.

Question 9 of the census form asks respondents to identify their race and lists White, Black/African American/Negro, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Japanese and Korean as options, among others. But it also leaves a box with 19 blank spaces for anyone who wants to write in another race not listed.

"Fill in 'Confed Southern Am.' ... This will put your Confederate nationality on the record. It's just that simple," SLRC Chief Trial Counsel Kirk D. Lyons says in a video posted on YouTube (see above) and Facebook.

Lyons continues: "We can start the process to give the southern community here in America a voice again, so that our concerns will be heard, and so that we will stop being harassed and persecuted because we are proud of our southern and Confederate ancestry." The group has defended teachers and other activists who have been fired or disciplined in other ways for refusing to remove the Confederate flag from classrooms and other public places.

Well, why not? :D

Wa Po (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/03/eye_opener_group_wants_souther.html?hpid=news-col-blog)

noonwitch
03-26-2010, 09:50 AM
I don't see what they would accomplish by doing so, other than make it appear that they are more loyal to a dead and treasonous cause than they are to the United States of America. But if that's how they want to have their heritage recorded for the record, who am I to stop them?


All they'll get is a visit from a census taker, who will be able to verify their race or ethnicity visually.

Gingersnap
03-26-2010, 09:57 AM
I don't see what they would accomplish by doing so, other than make it appear that they are more loyal to a dead and treasonous cause than they are to the United States of America. But if that's how they want to have their heritage recorded for the record, who am I to stop them?


All they'll get is a visit from a census taker, who will be able to verify their race or ethnicity visually.

They would be no different from afro-centric enthusiasts who link their own culture to savage, dead African warlords who sold their own people into slavery for trinkets.

*shrugs*

I expect that we will shortly be seeing lawsuits to "clarify" some racial and ethnicity matters. There is no "white" race, of course and determining ethnicity is well beyond the talents of part-time, minimum wage slaves. ;)

Megaguns91
03-26-2010, 09:59 AM
I think that if they can put "white" instead of caucasian on the census that they need to put "black" too instead of African-American, African, or American-Negro or whatever it was that was on there.

Gingersnap
03-26-2010, 10:09 AM
I think that if they can put "white" instead of caucasian on the census that they need to put "black" too instead of African-American, African, or American-Negro or whatever it was that was on there.

I don't remember what's on there. I refuse to fill mine out until April 1, 2010 so I didn't look at it closely. My secretary is adamant about being "black" instead of African-American. Go figure.

FlaGator
03-26-2010, 10:22 AM
Personally I am a light tan (and that changes in summer to slighty darker tan with occassional episodes of intense red) but that isn't on the forum either. I think I'll sue for color discrimination.

noonwitch
03-26-2010, 10:48 AM
I don't remember what's on there. I refuse to fill mine out until April 1, 2010 so I didn't look at it closely. My secretary is adamant about being "black" instead of African-American. Go figure.



I don't know any black people who insist on the term "african american".

Rebel Yell
03-26-2010, 11:00 AM
I don't see what they would accomplish by doing so, other than make it appear that they are more loyal to a dead and treasonous cause than they are to the United States of America. But if that's how they want to have their heritage recorded for the record, who am I to stop them?


All they'll get is a visit from a census taker, who will be able to verify their race or ethnicity visually.

I am more loyal to the spirit of the Confederacy than this Fedreal Government we live under now.

Gingersnap
03-26-2010, 11:36 AM
I am more loyal to the spirit of the Confederacy than this Fedreal Government we live under now.

If they get this thing through (unlikely), can I petition to become an adopted Southerner? :D