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American whites 'will be minority by 2042' - Americas, World - The Independent

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new US government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

The United States has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics.

It is also growing older.

"The white population is older and very much centered around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

"The future of America is epitomised by the young people today. They are basically the melting pot we are going to see in the future."

by Fran on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 03:14:19 PM EST
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Could somebody explain what they mean by "white people"? As far as I know, many Latin-Americans are whites, as well as Arabs. What is the definition of "white people"? What are the criteria?

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by Melanchthon on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:12:37 PM EST
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They're probably referring to "non-Hispanic whites".

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by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:23:48 PM EST
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If so, they should say non-Hispanic, non-Arab, non-... white people.

I was not asking what they are referring to, but questioning the use of highly questionable categories.  

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:42:42 PM EST
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For most people white equals everyone minus the darkies.

If you have to ask who the darkies are, you're probably one of them.

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by Starvid on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 08:09:47 PM EST
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If they are going by the census, people themselves choose what category they fall into.  No one decides you are "white" for you.  You have to pick.  That said, rather than be annoyed by the language, I find it annoying anyone cares who is white and who is colored.  They're made up categories few people completely fall into anyway.  Weird racial "science" nonsense.  I get the need for demographics, but the whole system of "I'm going to invent something called race, based on heritage (skin color), and now you have to choose when one best described your heritage (skin color), and then we'll see who has the most in their race.  Sound like fun?" is a product of white European hegemony.  

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by poemless on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:57:04 PM EST
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I find it annoying anyone cares who is white and who is colored. They're made up categories few people completely fall into anyway. Weird racial "science" nonsense.

That was exactly my point.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 05:04:06 PM EST
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The Census didn't make it up, society did. To a certain extent census categories solidify those definitions, on the other hand they exist and matter, so if we want to understand our society, we need to have data about them.
by MarekNYC on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 07:05:55 PM EST
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Only when I came here in Australia I found out that not even all "white" people are REALLY white. There are different "complexions".
I suppose just Anglo-Saxons are really white, the rest of us whites are "olive"...what a mess. And there are totally new "colors" made lately especially in a melting pot like USA...
So when they say white I suppose they are thinking about Aryans...


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by vbo on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 08:31:23 PM EST
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Has anyone told Mark steyn ?

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 03:31:18 AM EST
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Just think, in another life Mark Steyn could have been Blot Tarnish.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 03:33:40 AM EST
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