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Mar 17, 2022

Experts Call for Reform After Census Bureau Admits Undercounting Communities of Color

Several justice experts are now calling for reform of the U.S. census after its bureau admitted in a recent report that it undercounted Black, Latino and Indigenous Americans as part of the 2020 census, while overcounting white and Asian Americans.

The census results are far-reaching throughout the federal government and American society. The data, collected once a decade, is used to determine how much political representation communities receive, how districts are drawn, and how more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding is allocated across the country for basic services like education, food and health care.

“[The census] is the foundation of our democracy,” Kelly Percival, senior counsel and census expert at the Brennan Center for Justice, told Yahoo News. “And so when we know inequalities are happening like this, we’re baking inequity into our democracy from the start if we don’t fix this problem.”

You can read more in an article by Marquise Francis published in Yahoo News at https://yhoo.it/3u5GZjN