Finally, we’ve got enough white people and can now move on to other things!

From the New York Times:

After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.

Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.

It’s about time. I was getting really tired of all these white people everywhere.

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10 Responses to Finally, we’ve got enough white people and can now move on to other things!

  1. The story should be edited to read ‘for the first time since…’. It was at some point after 1500 that ‘white’ births surpassed ‘non-white’ births.

  2. Greg Laden says:

    The onion covered that angle in their take off on the story.

  3. Rick says:

    LGBT births – holding steady at… well, whatever… its no doubt holding steady.

  4. Nemo says:

    We’re all minorities now.

  5. Greg Laden says:

    But there must be at least a plurality of somebody.

  6. Hispanic really should translate into European = white anyway.

  7. Stacy says:

    Markita, some “Hispanics” aren’t hispanic at all, but descended (at least in part) from native American populations of Mexico and Central and South America.

  8. PaulG says:

    The last time this happened was about a century ago and then we just decided that italians could be white too. Problem solved. I vote to make hispanics white. (Honestly, why do people care? This makes about as much sense as the “gay marriage is a threat to straight marriage” idea).

  9. Alan(UK) says:

    The figures seem rather contrived. The US population consists of people from many groups. Some minorities have always been there. Some Hispanics are there because the US bought the land they happened to be standing on. In times past, it was the ‘white’ eastern-Europeans who were the despised minority. What about the Jews? the Irish? the Italians? Who is a minority? Could the ‘problem’ not be solved by counting each black birth as three-fifths of a white one? (I jest.) The definition of ‘white’ seems to imply that everyone with a half-caste for a grandfather is ‘black’. More insidious is the implication that there is a group of pure-blooded Americans, unsullied by the tar-brush, who are in some way special. Worse still is the implication that these people are the only true Americans.

    • Greg Laden says:

      Alan, yes, this is one of those things that is not just food for thought. More like a banquet. I dont think the figures are really misleading, as much as one dimensional.