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Minority groups whip up Census participation

By Ed O'Keefe

Rap music, free iTunes downloads and smart phone apps are just three of the tools being used to boost minority participation in the 2010 Census.

Watch what some Latino leaders are doing in this AP news video:

And rap artists Roderic and Lesi Alo and MUSICA Entertainment collaborated on the rap video below, "Count Me In," a tune being circulated by the Census Bureau:

Will rap music, iTunes and apps be enough to convince folks to fill out the forms?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 25, 2010; 4:11 PM ET
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YouTube - The Census Is Getting Personal

Ok, I had to call them myself (The Census Bureau) tonight. Spoke with a very nice man named Tom who claimed he was in Utah. He said he didn't understand my concern....that the Census was here to help us (just a little pin ***).

The number on the form is 866 872 6868 and says to call "between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.".

Ok, now if these officials aren't sharp enough to indicate what time zone the above number can be reached during, do we really believe they're smart enough to protect our privacy? Guess what - it clearly states on the form they will not. Quote: "As allowed by law, census data becomes *public* after 72 years".......This information can be used for family history and other types of historical research". And how does one prove that? So they lied - it does not remain confidential.

He says, "That'll be in 72 years - why would you care". So I say, well maybe I don't want my Grandkids knowing their Grandpa slept over some Guatemalan (just an example) babe's house (the form does ask where you *sometimes* stay somewhere else) and they track down their long lost Brothers Mohammed and Miguel who are dealing heroin out of Pakistan or whatever. He thought that was funny. It's not. Think about it - why does the US Government need to know where you *sometimes* stay? I heard this latest Census questionnaire was co-authored by Elizabeth Edwards. And do they really believe that someone who shouldn't be "sometimes" staying somewhere else is really going to reveal that? Wonder how Tiger Woods answered that one?

I ask him if he really believes the Census is accurate especially with hundreds of thousands of illegals crammed 20 in a house are going to send this back with their names, race, date of birth and where they *sometimes* stay? Hahahahaha!!!! It is a blatant waste of money that has outlived itself, and personally I bristle at the Federal Government threatening me for not blindly handing over my personal data. Where's your warrant, Mr. Title 13?

So, I ask what *exactly* will you do to me if I refuse to fill out this form, Tom? He said the US Government can fine me up to $5,000. Hahahahahaha!!!! What are they going to do - lien this house when not one of these houses has sold (new, mind you) in three years? Go for it, Tom. Put me in prison and see if you can squeeze 5 Grand out of me for not telling Uncle (aka Big Brother) Sam where I *sometimes* stay.

They want my phone number in case they don't understand an answer. What part of "Nunya" don't they understand?

Call 'em yourselves.....the days of trusting this US Government to protect our privacy or to use it for the common good is over. Don't blindly hand it to them - get back your pride, privacy and dignity and reclaim your rights....if it's not already too late. America was, after all, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Posted by: Rosiemeow | March 25, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Rosimeow:

Seriously....have you heard of statistics and distribution of resources? One of the puposes of the Census is to get an accurate count of people and distribute the $400+ Billion based on that count. More time thinking less time being paranoid. Maybe it will increase your home value.

Posted by: wayne927 | March 26, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Rosiemeow just fill out the darn form as accurately as possible & lay off the drugs. Don't include where you "sometimes" stay since it seems to cause you a heart attack. Thanks!

Posted by: LadeM | March 26, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"whip up"? Are you trying to incite a race war? This is just sick.

Posted by: corrections | March 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons people in Seattle haven't been sending in our census forms is that it isn't April 1st yet.

The forms clearly state the census is for those people in our houses on April 1st.

Stop getting all worried. We're busy trying to get Tea Baggers in the South to not fill in their forms - cut us some slack!

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons people in Seattle haven't been sending in our census forms is that it isn't April 1st yet.

The forms clearly state the census is for those people in our houses on April 1st.

Stop getting all worried. We're busy trying to get Tea Baggers in the South to not fill in their forms - cut us some slack!

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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WillSeattle I hear you, but it turns out you can turn it in now if you expect to still be in the same place April 1.

I called the info number on the form and while I was on hold the recorded announcement offered answers to the most commonly asked questions -- this was one of the top two.

The answer on the recorded line was that you can go ahead and send it now, again if you honestly think you'll be living in the same place on April 1.

(Call the Census phone line yourself, though, don't take it from me, some random commenter on the Internet!)

Either way, glad you're sending it in.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 26, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Man, no comment on the underlying causes, which are both (truly) important, but the Count Me In video is so much catchier and more fun than the overdone We Are the World remake (though that's well-intentioned). I bet it cost a fraction of that amount to shoot, too. Just goes to show that originals usually work better than remakes.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I had an interesting encounter with the Census bureau last year. I broke my ankle and had 3 operations within one year. I got the census form, but it was not a priority of mine at that time. However, I finally sent it in. Two weeks after sending it in I get a call from the census folks asking me where is my form. I told them I sent it in. Mind you, I had my number blocked so as not to get annoying calls. After getting some attitude from them I asked how they got through to my number as it was blocked. He stated, quite authoratatively, that he was the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. That statement really annoyed me and I let him know - DAMN, Big Brother.

Posted by: cperr57 | March 26, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Rosiemeow,
Your witless presumption is that anyone has any purpose in caring about some of the things you're considering problems.

Furthermore, unless you go on a multi-state axe murdering spree, no one cares about any of the little details about individual people.

The most important thing that people must remember is the we as individuals are only important to the people in our lives. When you really start to consider that, and use it as an intellectual backstop to consideration of many societal matters, some of the grim worries don't need to be applied like a coat of ugly paint to the issues.

Posted by: Nymous | March 26, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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