Should the U.S. Census include a DNA test? Discuss. #dna


Martin Fischer
 

Imagine a few decades >from now. The U.S. Census questionnaire is
completed by most people in a private, secure online form. Controversy
brews over how the race question is worded, and over whether there
should even be a race/ethnic question. Meanwhile, with new technological
discoveries and increased participation in genetic genealogy, the cost
of DNA tests plummets.

The U.S. Census Bureau decides to eliminate the race/ethnic question
from the form, replacing it with a DNA cheek-scraper swab sent by mail
to everyone's home. This enables the Census to obtain much more
accurate, reliable information concerning Americans'
racial/ethnic/haplogroup origins.

How realistic is such a scenario? Would you oppose or support such a
development? What sort of impact would it have? What would the framers
of the U.S. Constitution who required the census have thought?

Martin Fischer
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
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http://martinfischer.webs.com/

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