Let’s imagine a scenario: A government official comes into Boyle Heights, a historically Latino neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and makes a proposition to a group of residents. In exchange for answering a few basic questions about their lives, the government will guarantee them a pot of money to help pay for child care, education and prescription drugs.
Seems like a winning proposition, right?
It already has a name: the U.S. census. Every decade, the census aims to count every person in our country – no matter who they are, where they were born or how much money they make. This information is used to allocate federal funds for public services and also draw election districts.