Speak Out: Do you think the census is important?

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The U.S. Census is coming up soon, so we asked Pittsburghers if they planned to respond. Here’s what you said:

“Yes, it is important. I definitely will participate. It is for our people. It keeps count of who we have here. I urge other African-Americans to participate. We want things and need to be accounted for.”
Dorian Johnson Sr.
Homewood
Business owner

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“Yes, I plan to participate. I do think that it is important but I think that some of the questions are too intrusive. There are things that they need to know and other things that they don’t.”
Damian Brown
Wilkinsburg
Entrepreneur

“I participate all the time. I guess they want to find out if people are leaving the city. It is important, especially for taxes.”
Elliott Shorter
Point Breeze
Retired

“I will probably participate. I think it is important for White people but not Black people. They ask too many personal questions, like ‘are your parents married,’ and it is none of their business. They just want to know to keep track of people.”
Carol Spells.
Point Breeze
Retired

“I think it is important. It has an effect on jobs, schools, and all of that. You need to know how many people are in your city.”
Merridith Akrie.
East Hills
CNA

“Yes, I do believe that it is important and I will participate. They need to know how many people there are so they can plan for things like food, jobs, and the economy. It is important for how we live.”
Cynthia Phillips.
Homewood
Food Service/Student

 

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