NAACP, Prince George’s County, Maryland Sue Feds Over 2020 Census Preparations

By Melanie Arter | March 29, 2018 | 12:21 PM EDT

U.S. Census (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - The NAACP and Prince George’s County, Md., are suing the federal government over 2020 Census preparations in an effort to prevent “African Americans and other people of color in communities” nationwide from being undercounted.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, “seeks to compel the Bureau of the Census, an agency within the Department of Commerce, to prepare for and conduct a full and fair Census in 2020, as the U.S. Constitution expressly requires.”

“The NAACP is committed to ensuring that the 2020 Census does not systematically undercount communities having large African-American populations, such as inner-city neighborhoods, while substantially overcounting communities that are less racially diverse,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

“The Census must not serve as a mechanism for diluting the political power of African-American communities and depriving them of their fair share of federal resources for an entire decade,” Johnson said. “We are prepared to fight against any plan that effectively turns the census into another form of voter suppression and economic disempowerment in our communities.”

“An accurate census count is critical to the federal funding, political representation, and operations of Prince George’s County,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III said in a statement. “We must not be undercounted again like we have been over the past 30 years.

“On behalf of the 900,000 residents of Prince George’s County, I am proud that we are standing and fighting alongside the NAACP to make sure our County gets treated fairly and equally under the law,” he said.

“A vast majority of the residents of Prince George’s County are members of this nation’s historically disenfranchised populations. We cannot let this continue in 2018, 2020, or any year moving forward. This lawsuit will help protect future generations of systemic under-resourcing from our federal government,” Baker added.

“When the Census Bureau undercounts my community, we lose political power, and fewer of our federal tax dollars end up coming home to fix our roads, run our schools, and fund our federal programs,” said NAACP Prince George’s County Branch Bob Ross, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit. “We felt these effects in the aftermath of the 2010 Census, and all signs indicate that the 2020 Census will be even worse.”

As CNSNews.com previously reported, liberals recently objected to the citizenship question being included in the 2020 Census, saying it will discourage non-citizens and their families from taking part in the Census, resulting in an inaccurate population count.

 


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