“…the data will be skewed to prevent [people of color] from achieving their voting rights.”

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The Supreme Court just blocked the Trump administration’s proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. At least for now.

The census — though just a few sheets of paper — matters a lot, particularly for people of color.

I’ll tell you why, taking this as an excuse to use GIFs outside of my group chat.

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How does the census work?

The census is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. It is (technically) mandatory to fill out, happens every 10 years, and is how we figure out just how many people live in these United States of America.

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What did the Trump administration do?

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. This question would ask respondents to identify whether they are a citizen of the United States.

I’m what a lot of people call a ‘millennial.’ As a young person and journalist, I think political elites are making a big mistake about my age group when it comes to Tuesday’s midterms.

Voters ages 18–34 will become the single largest voting block in our country as of 2019, yet questions about our role in the midterms are met with a collective shrug. Organizers and teams who I’ve spoken with on the campaign trail recognize that millennials could tip the scales — but most are skeptical about our willingness to do so.

Honestly, that’s fair.

Why? Because young people never show up. In 2014, a mere 20% (or 1 in 5) millennials ages 18 to 29 went to the polls.

Since our voting records are public, I might as well tell you — I didn’t vote in the last midterms. Four years ago, there was widespread apathy towards mobilizing for midterm elections. And I, like the majority of my peers, didn’t see the value of voting at the non-presidential level. …

I was skeptical of Paris. Something about Europe — maybe it’s the colonialism? — can rub me the wrong way. It’s romanticized. People often say, “I want to travel the world!”

When I ask, “Where do you want to go?”

They’re quick to say, “Hmm, all over! You know, Italy, U.K., France — Europe!”


All over.

Paris surprised me though. The place, the city, is beautiful. Perfect? No. As with any city, there are plenty of areas to improve (cc: racial tension, divisive elections, national security, lack of soy milk). I’m no architect, but there is something about the physical layout of the city that is awfully romantic — maybe it’s the old architecture, the historic buildings with detail down to the doorknobs, the streets downtown religiously swept and cleaned, the outdoor cafe seating and endless supply of carbs. …


Zinhle Essamuah

Host of KnowThis and Correspondent at NowThis. Some say: filmmaker, question-asker, song-singer, tea-drinker & frequent flyer. You can call me (simply) Zinhle.

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