Be a part of Black History

Are you black? Great, you’re in the right place. If you aren’t, send this link to someone who is.

It’s been 153 years since the last black census and this year Black Futures Lab has been working hard to make sure the voices of at least 200,000 black people are heard. In March they launched a nationwide effort to gather information from the black community regardless of immigration status, gender identity, disability, or class. From door knocking to paper + e-surveys, volunteers have been working hard to get responses on a number of topics including healthcare disparities and police violence. It is widely known that the resources available to the black community are not always adequate, yet when advocating for more to be done we are met with excuses or plain old silence. We need to show out and provide the hard evidence that will ensure our concerns aren’t easily swept under a rug, because if numbers are the only thing that matter in this capitalist society then we will provide more than they believe we can.

The survey itself takes just 10 minutes to complete, and asks various questions ranging from sexuality to how much faith one has in the Federal Government. You do not need to answer all the questions so you can skip ones that make you feel uncomfortable. Even if you are bored halfway through just skip all the way to the end, this is important to ensure that your entry is counted. Fill it out once and pass it along! It isn’t specific to any particular collection of black folx, and is available in 6 different languages.

‘Black people are often spoken about or spoken for but Black people are rarely listened to.’

We witness Blaxploitation from a lot of non-black communities to push their own agendas everyday. From co-opting our movements to using the deaths of our people to guilt folx into voting, our pain and experiences are not a catalyst one can simply use how they deem beneficial. The information collected from this historic census will be used to advocate for more equitable resources, affect funding, politics, and decision making.

This survey is open for all black people to take. So far only 23,000 people have completed it meaning we are some ways from reaching our goal, but it is doable! The census closes December 1st so we have this whole month to band together and spread the word. This is for all black people living in the US regardless of immigration status, and all entries are completely anonymous.

written by J