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Who is the minority then?

What about a place like LA or Miami or San Antone.

in a place majority hispanic, are whites the minority?

these things will be relevant in the coming years...
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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2006, 02:37:07 PM »
Who is the minority then?

What about a place like LA or Miami or San Antone.

in a place majority hispanic, are whites the minority?

these things will be relevant in the coming years...

I think there's a difference between numerical minority/majority and power minority/majority.  For example, in San Diego someday the white population may numerically no longer be a majority (may even be the case now, not sure).  But whites hold more power (economic, social, political) than any other ethnic group, and certainly a majority.  So, little changes.  Also, non-white groups will still be underrepresented minorities in many industries because although they are represented in larger American culture, they are underrepresented in many middle- and upper-class industries and circles

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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2006, 02:40:22 PM »
then it will be a matter of symantecs, and they will need to change the term
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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2006, 02:42:47 PM »
then it will be a matter of symantecs, and they will need to change the term

Which part will be a matter of semantics?

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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2006, 02:55:45 PM »
thwe term minority.
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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2006, 02:57:28 PM »
Who is the minority then?

What about a place like LA or Miami or San Antone.

in a place majority hispanic, are whites the minority?

these things will be relevant in the coming years...

I think there's a difference between numerical minority/majority and power minority/majority.  For example, in San Diego someday the white population may numerically no longer be a majority (may even be the case now, not sure).  But whites hold more power (economic, social, political) than any other ethnic group, and certainly a majority.  So, little changes.  Also, non-white groups will still be underrepresented minorities in many industries because although they are represented in larger American culture, they are underrepresented in many middle- and upper-class industries and circles

Awesome analysis. Great job jd2bee.

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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2006, 04:32:22 PM »
thwe term minority.


I think that's why, generally, people prefer to not use the term "minority" to talk about any group that is underprivileged.  For example, in the neighborhood I grew up for high school, whites were the minority.  I didn't talk about minority populations but rather used words such as underrepresented, disenfranchised, or underprivileged.  The stress shouldn't be on numbers but on the power held by that group.

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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2006, 04:34:13 PM »
Who is the minority then?

What about a place like LA or Miami or San Antone.

in a place majority hispanic, are whites the minority?

these things will be relevant in the coming years...

I think there's a difference between numerical minority/majority and power minority/majority.  For example, in San Diego someday the white population may numerically no longer be a majority (may even be the case now, not sure).  But whites hold more power (economic, social, political) than any other ethnic group, and certainly a majority.  So, little changes.  Also, non-white groups will still be underrepresented minorities in many industries because although they are represented in larger American culture, they are underrepresented in many middle- and upper-class industries and circles

Awesome analysis. Great job jd2bee.

Thanks!  I knew those Ethnic Studies and Sociology degrees would come in handy one day!

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Re: Hmmm, what about when white people are less than 50% of the population
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2006, 05:10:02 PM »
I disagree about the whole white people will still have more power. In cities like San Antonio where Hispanics are the majority, the majority of the power is held by Hispanics. Look at their businesses, their politics, etc.  ???