Kern County Leadership Assembles To Discuss Under Representation In 2020 Census

By Jason Land Jr.

Kern County community leaders gathered in attendance to discuss under-representation of marginalized groups within the county. On the morning of June 28th, 2019, elected officials, community stakeholders, and mayors of Kern County cities joined in the Larry Reider Superintendent’s Building at 2000 K St. They met to bring awareness to the myriad impediments that arise when funds are not properly allocated.

The census allocates proper distribution of money to all segments of society. In the past, federal agencies have deterred certain groups from participating in the Census in fear of losing their jobs and homes. Local leaders have congregated to say this institution of fear lasts no more.

“If we don’t have the numbers, we don’t know demographics are changing.” — Edward Flores, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Merced

In the past, the numbers have not been reported accurately which leads to less funding. Families depend on these numbers and the funding involved. Minorities must be accounted for because the Census relies upon population figures to determine state distribution of major resources. This matter should not be taken lightly.

In the national Census, Kern County has been one of the major proponents for blatantly erasing and ignoring its account of minorities. This is partially due to the government’s desire to subjugate historically marginalized groups such as African-Americans, Indian tribes, and Latinos and withhold funds to keep said groups powerless.

“Children who are the youngest have the services that are most dependent on federal subsidies, and therefore a low count of the census means less money for children and children services than any other demographic group.” — Sandy Close, Ethnic Media Services