Well, those people don't exist for me, I chose not to allow such stupidity into my world. Of course, many people do believe that an old man who looks like "santa" is sitting on his sky throne making decisions for them. I accept their beliefs, but I just filter most of it out.
On the other hand, after all this discussion that has been interesting, nobody mentioned the massive influx of Hispanics into the Bronx nor discussed whether the Bronx would benefit or not from this demographic change.
Most of the white ethnics that used to populate the Bronx moved somewhere else or passed away a long time ago. You aren't going to get much more decrease from that demographic because it largely no longer exists.
The remaining whites are often heavily religious Jewish, in places like Riverdale or Kingsbridge, and they're a growing community (large families). There's also some hipster influx/gentrification happening in certain neighborhoods (Grand Concourse, Bruckner Boulevard area), and that's a new thing for the Bronx.
The Hispanic population in the Bronx will probably grow, but there's a change going on with Mexicans and Central Americans replacing some of the longtime Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. There should also be growth in the Asian population, especially with South Asians who are growing in areas like Parkchester.
I've also noticed a significant West African population along the D train (Grand Concourse). I suspect parts of Highbridge and the like are becoming heavily West African.
You can easily predict social change, such as different religious institutions.
The racial aspect of the US Census has lagged behind economic and social realities. People of all races are much more mobile today. Some Black people leave the city because they can.
Where the Census remains relevant in race breakdown is as a political tool. Minorities respond to politicians who address their ethnicity, so racial data is important in political campaigns.
At the end of it, they get screwed along with everyone else in their economic group.
A Heathen ^ and an Anarchist
US Census (aka "Enumeration) is required under the US Constitution (the $13 billion cost in 2010 be damned!):
Article I, Section 2:
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.
Of all of these, race is the least important.
Agreed that race should be of little importance for the enumeration. But given the history of red-lining practices, it might be a necessary component.