I got my census form in the mail today. In the first column, they ask that you enter a phone number, so that they can call you if they “do not understand one of your responses.”
I’m strongly tempted, under “Race,” to write “HUMAN” — only because there’s not enough room to write, “I categorically reject the concept of race as a genetically-derived, immutable, meaningful designation of human beings. All humans belong to a single race. Cultural and ethnic differences may be useful to learn about as we seek to understand one another. It is, however, utterly useless — and, in fact, often wicked — to attempt to construe meaningful data about the character of humans from the color of their skin, the texture of their hair, the shape of their eyes, or any other merely physical characteristic.”
Do you think I’d get a phone call about that?