April 14th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

New York, San Diego no longer have white majorities

New census data confirm that some major metropolitan areas flipped from majority white to majority populations of minorities during the past decade.

White people are now in the minority in 46 of the nation's 366 metro areas, including New York, Washington, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis, said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

That number is up from 32 in 2000, 10 in 1990 and nine in 1980, Frey said.

The changes are a result of relatively slow growth among the white population, white people moving outside metropolitan areas, and huge increases in minority populations, especially Hispanic and Asian, he said.

Recent analysis also showed white children are in the minority in 10 states.

"[The 2010 Census figures] show we’re becoming a more diverse nation, especially in our metropolitan areas, and it's filtering out from there," Frey said.

The Census Bureau previously released the data for cities, counties and states, but data calculated for metropolitan areas and regions might give people a more accurate understanding of where they live, Frey said.

For example, while the population of the city of Atlanta grew by about 3,500, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metro area, as the Census Bureau calls it, grew by more than 1 million. The Houston and Dallas areas also had growth of more than 1 million, while the Phoenix and Riverside, California, areas both added more than 900,000.

See the fastest-growing metro areas.

"As we become much more of a suburban nation, the kind of glue that puts the community together is the idea of the metropolitan community," he said.

Looking at metro areas also can offer a deeper view of how people live in different areas. Frey has used statistics about metropolitan areas to calculate the most segregated areas in the country. In terms of white and black, the most segregated areas were around Milwaukee, New York, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.

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  1. Linda

    So will people stop harassing white people about being the majority and getting everything?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Yeah. Take one look at Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House and you can see that white people have no power in this country.

      /massive almost painful eyeroll

      April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seaburger

      Stephen .. have you looked at the "White House" lately? If you don't like it, vote in the color that works best for you.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • YankeeRabbit

      White people are a minority in the world population as well. Yet anti-whites keep referring to non-whites as "minorities" and demand they be given special rights and privileges over white people. They also say white people are responsible for all that is evil in this world – slavery, colonialism, wars, etc. You name it.

      Any fool knows where this hate speech coming from the Universities and media, for the last 50 years targeting all white people and only white people is leading...

      April 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I think you're mistaking numerical minority to be socioeconomic minority. These two statuses are not the same.

      Whites people, while they may be the minority in some areas of New York, still remain the majority/dominant group.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niclas

      Doubtful, anti-white rasism is very much en vogue nowadays. Just look at the rasist Holder that Nobama appointed who blocked an investigation into rasism against whites. Either way, there will always be some rasism as picking on others is part of the human nature, we like to feel better about ourselves by pointing out those who're "different."

      Overall, the most rasist people I've ever encountered were latinos and especially Mexicans. I know of cases were latinas are ostracized by their relatives for dating outside "La Raza". Sad but true.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftroy01

      This is actually directed toward Yankee Rabbit where the He"" are you getting your information from whites are minority I believe that we are still way more majority in Russia, norway,sweden,germany and I could go on and on. Where is this mis-information coming from???

      April 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Thank you, Linda.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      No. Look to south africa as a place with a very small white population that systematically kept the majority down. Wake up people, your grandparents were immigrants too! And no, they did not do it "legally" if they came here in the 1800's, there was no such thing as "illegal" immigration. Thy just came here, got off the boat and had anchor babies.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • nobody

      People will stop "harrasing white people" when they stop acting like the majority and taking everything.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaucho420

      I'm white and get real. The article states that whites are no longer a majority as a minorites (ALL COMBINED) account for more. That means Latinos, Hispanics, Blacks, Asians and everyone else COMBINED is more than whites. And at that, at 46 of 366 metro areas or 12.5%.

      Use your brain before spouting off.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Hello?? It's not Hate Speech to say that White people are responsible for slavery, colonialism, and capitalist oppression. It's HISTORY. READ IT.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrignalHebrew

      can we all be called equals now? considering that we all are minorities in something.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth_hurts

      less white people in the world...less violence in the world..everywhere they touch with brown people turns into a war torn hell hole. Native americans, Africa, Middle east, Mexico, columbia, Haiti and the inner cities of the US...FACT! May they continue to slow down their birth rates...have mercy on the world

      April 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      White racism = bad. Hispanic racism = good!
      That's America in 2011.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      Daniel – There's been more black-on-black slavery in Africa just in the last 20 years than there has been white-on-black slavery in the entire history of the US. And do you know anything at all about the slavery of communism compared to "evil" capitalism? You are very ignorant. But then, you're probably a product of the American education system – anti American, anti capitalist, and anti white.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve Fein

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbAUfGrUnaw&w=480&h=390%5D

    April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gbird

    Absolutely not Linda. Numbers don't really matter in matters of political power. Whites were always the minority in South Africa.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      I worked overseas with a guy from Uganda who insisted that the whites in Africa - no matter how long they had been living there - were not African, not citizens and had no business being there. When I asked if he felt the same way about African Americans he said, "No, America belongs to everybody." So who's the racist?

      April 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      DeAguaDulce,

      How do you think the Native Americans feel? Most I have talked to feel the same way as the Ugandan you cite; all of us (white, black, hispanic, asian) are invaders to them...everything is a matter of perspective!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OMG

    I GUESS THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD... OMG!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rudy

    These comments are hilarious. I find it quite entertaining to read these comments by whites bashing minorities because they are now a minority in some major cities. While I laugh, I do find it insulting that a majority of these posters are categorizing minorities as a criminals or inferior. Just because they are Black/Brown, Hispanic, etc. doesn't mean they are criminals; remember white people account for criminal activity too. Trust me, white people, not everyone is out to get you all. Therefore, some of you posters need to stop being so paranoid and stop hiding your fear by exerting racism; accept the changes because this is a new day and in order to survive you've got to adapt.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Q

      Interesting. But dod you know that although blacks are 35% of the population of the US, they commit 80% of the crime? Look it up, it's a fact.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      What is dod? Haha! I'm kidding, I'm sure you meant "did". Anyhow, according to the Census bureau, black make up on 12.6 of the U.S population, not 30%. Also, I would like to know where you got 80% because 80% hasn't popped up in any of my search results.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arizona

      Hate to break it to ya but minorities comprise the majority of the prison population, welfare recipients,etc.I should know I work in gov't, oh yeah and all those stats you quote, they simply mean nothing b/c millions of illegals are unaccounted for.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Anthony, your statistics are a bit . . . lacking.

      First of all, you must be referring to instances of reported and convicted criminals. Where's the study? How was the data collected? What were their assumed premises? What were the reported limitations?

      There have been a host of studies showing that given a white individual and a minority individual - the minority individual is more likely to be convicted. And if a conviction does result with the white defendant, study after study shows a lesser sentence imposed on the white sentence while a harsher one is imposed on the minority defendant. Google it.

      So, your data is likely inherently flawed because it would be extremely difficult to calculate the number of actual crimes committed, connecting those crimes with the actual criminals, and then collecting data. Since the data you would use is known to be corrupt. . . well . . I'm sure you see the problem.

      Additionally, do you know that there are some neighborhoods in which 100% of the crimes are committed by white individuals? The neighborhoods, themselves, are all white. Context is important.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      Arizona, I don't doubt that fact that most of the prison population is comprised of minorities. Also, the only stat I said was the 12.6% which shows the black population of America, which I am quite certain is correct.
      If you really do work in the government, could you tell me the percentage amount of crime that blacks account for, I wouldn't be surprised if it were 50-60% but 80% seems outrageous.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrandInquisitor

      Of course they are not all criminals. Some of them are Asians.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peri

      @Arizona, your job cleaning the bathrooms at the state courthouse doesn't really count nor does it qualify you give stats on crime. Both you and Anthony Q should look up the stats on pedophilia, you'll be happy to know that you are far from the minority on that one. Congrats.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Musomesa

      @Arizona - I should know, I work in govt tells me you don't. Pick a random person who works in government and they don't spend their days looking at all the statistics there are. BTW the figures you made up are wrong. Blacks simply don't make up 35% of our population. (I should know, I don't work in government).

      April 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Hmm... You must be very selective in the comments youre reading. Seems like theres plenty of hate to go around for all sides.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • GFR

      Rudy, if I was to say to you: "For the White race everything, outside the White Race nothing" you would probably think I was a bigot – but that slogan (with slight modification), is the motto of the National Council of La Raza: “Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada" – and they are refering to hispanics.

      The truth is that mexico is really not very diverse at all – and such minorities as they have (mostly indians), are cruelly oppressed. Anglos are not allowed to work in mexico, or own property, or vote – and if they are found to be there illegally they are imprisoned.

      In the past many different ethnic groups have come to the US and integrated within a generation (often times with strife initially). The difference is that unlike Europe and asia, mexico is right on our doorstep.

      Vicente Fox the president of mexico commended the illegal mexican population in the US for taking back the southwestern United States on behalf of mexico. Mario Obledo, California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare said: "California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave." Does that sound like mexicans are looking forward to a diverse and harmonious future with their anglo neighbor?

      mexico is a failed state that oppresses its people routinely. Predictably their politicians have resorted to race-baiting and jingoism to maintain the support of their population – and they have found a receptive audience in the hispanic public who resent the wealth and freedom of Americans.

      Not only is their hatred misplaced and immoral, it's going to come back to bite them; why? 1) Americans aren't going to just roll over when mexico claims the Southwest – Americans will fight back, and Americans are bigger, smarter, richer and meaner than mexicans. Americans didn't take this continent from the indians by being nice guys. There are also more Americans than mexicans (300 million to 100 million). 2) The only claim to superiority that the mexicans can make is their fertility – but the fertility rate in mexico is only 2.1 – the same as in the US. mexicans aren't reproducing as fast as they used to, and as they become richer they are reproducing less. 3) Right now Americans still view hispanics as the underdogs – if that viewpoint changes they won't be content with pushing hispanics out of the southwest – they'll kick them out of mexico too.

      Diversity is not necessarily a good thing – just look at yugoslavia or south africa. If the US wants to avoid bloodshed it need to deport the illegals and regain control of the border. To support doing anything else is immoral.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ GFR

      You're off your rocker. I live in Mexico and am married to a Mexican (and I'm an "anglo" as you said). I've lived and worked here illegally for years, and whenever the government finds out I get a 150 hundred dollar fine, not kicked out. Furthermore, I use their free healthcare system all the time. It's ridiculous when Americans claim Mexicans just want to enter to use the hospitals. Since when are American hospitals free? Here I can go to the hospital, doctor, or dentist free of charge whenever I want. They welcome foreigners here. Mexicans are a kind, generous, and hard working people, and I should know because I not only live here but am married to a Mexican and live with all of my Mexican in-laws as well. And of these people who you think are so inferior, I'm sure if you showed up tomorrow they would feed, clothe, and shelter you without thinking twice about it. They're good people, quit all of the hating. Enjoy your blessings instead of focusing on paranoid xenophobia.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Z

      Holy Molly! Gee, I wonder how Hitler got so powerful? Maybe by telling a certain type of people they were the Master Race, and it's OK to kick down everyone else. In 20 years, how many white Americans will be saying "oh golly, we didn't know about those Mexican and/or Muslim relocation camps, they kept it a secret – we just thought all the Mexicans (or Muslims) moved away to Wisconsin."

      April 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      @Geez, It was just the comments that popped at the time that I saw this article, and I'm not hating on anyone so tell where you got that from.

      @GFR, I appreciate the fact that you replied, but this is about America, not Mexico. Also, I'm a high school student currently taking AP U.S. History and I'm quite sure when America was developing, we had through the roof birthrates too up until the industrial revolution hit America and I'm sure there was a nice spike a some decades ago, that's where the term "Baby Boomer" originated.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carpaccio

      "@GFR" – About a dozen hospitals have had to shut down in the Los Angeles area. They went broke caring for illegals from Mexico and Central America who couldn't pay their medical bills. Yes, many of the people who come in are very nice folks. Nice or not nice though, they've destroyed Southern California. Enjoy your illegal lifestyle in Mexico.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. jesus

    White people abort their kids so their numbers are dropping.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • YankeeRabbit

      China has tried to force immigration (and integration of groups like Tibetan Nomads) into Tibet. This has routinely been labeled Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide by the UN. You will never hear a peep about the above clear and consistent Targeting of White Children.

      forced immigration into white countries and only white countries (anywhere else is labeled genocide)

      forced integration into white countries and only white countries (anywhere else is labeled genocide)

      then they push interracial relationships in white countries and only white countries .......hmmmmm....there is a pattern emerging here

      then they promote a Brown future for ALL White Countries...hmmmm

      .......SURE is difficult to see how the word Genocide applies here

      April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fig1024

      lets greatly increase abortion funding for the poor non-whites! legalize abortions everywhere (except for white people)

      April 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The_Unspoken_Truth

    The whole reason America rose to power in the first place was technology, innovation, and war with Russia.

    Now that America is losing its drive, it has nobody to blame but its own complacency.

    Quit blaming minorities for your failures and look within. As smart and superior as you are, you would think you had enough brains to figure out how to stop your country from being "invaded".

    April 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jetsteam

      War with Russia?

      April 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The_Unspoken_Truth

    Most black people I know work hard, have steady jobs, accept no welfare, and have never been the recipients of affirmative action.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Q

      Then why is it that most black I know are on welfare and don't work?

      April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Doesn't matter. The statistics speak for themselves. You dare me to recite them?

      April 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      AnthonyQ, you are just hanging around the wrong black/brown crowd.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      You appear to make it up as you go along... and it looks like you don't like white people. What a surprise!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      I would even dismiss your claims based on sheer numbers.

      As a black man, I probably hang around more black people than you. Thus, my experiences probably are a bit more accurate.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • GySgt Davis

      Yes, you are absolutely right EXCEPT you missed a critical keyword in your own statement.. "work". For every black person you work with and are good hardworking folks, there are 10 others who do not.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      LOL and where is your proof?!?

      I live work an walk with black people. You just watch them on television.

      The statistics don't even support your numbers. Most black people work, period.

      Quit getting your facts from those cop shows. Guess I can't expect more from a military man...

      April 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lets be Honest here...

    Not only the white people of this contry are racists with a few exceptions, also the whites of Mexico, The Caribean, Centro America, and Latin American , Asians, Europe , especially Spain are as racist as you can get. For example, go to Mexico in a all white ( light skin ) people and they are more racist and anti-semitic people .

    April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • PG

      Sounds like a typical pc white sellout. The word racism is being shoved down our throat so hard many whites have lost all their balls. Call me what you like you sellout, let's see how you like living in a country run by other ethnicities. You'll be running back here as fast as you can. Sell out.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • john sanchez

      That's true. The reason why people don't see white mexicans is because they have no reason to leave, they run the show in mexico.

      not all of mexico is a cesspool. the amercian-whites think not to go there, while the mexican-whites think not to leave ever.
      well my family did. but we just move where we would fit in – a white neighborhood.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      Your use of the word racist is getting old. Racist is just another word used by the anti-whites.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Based on our country's history there was a time when the British descendants in America looked down on the Irish and German and Polish immigrants. But you descendants of those people don't remember that huh? They called you dirty, disease ridden and criminals. They spoke of how you would ruin this country.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk Waldon

      After 150 years of white folks kicking ass and raping women all over the world, we are having the tide of 'karma' coming back on us. All the minorities are washing out the race by breeding up on the white females. They're saying that our ancestor left mixed children in the South, 'Nam, Africa, and where ever they traveled. So, they are flipping the script on us in great numbers. All you see now are the No Nation people with ALL the white girls and women. The white girls told my son that "he didn't have any 'swagger' like a rapper to be with them." His clothes should be worn by 'Oppie Taylor.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony Q

    Doesn't surprise me. The majority of minorities are on welfare. Most minorities don't have to pay to have children, where hard-working whites have to pay dearly to have a child. As a matter of fact, the states give MORE money to mothers that have more children.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Ok Anthony O....put your money where your mouth is.

      Give me a website with statistics that proves most blacks are on welfare.

      This is an easy one because I study statistics for a living...game, set match.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Anthony – Unfortunately you are wrong. The problem is white people have lost family values. More and more white people are not getting married and having families. A very high percentage of white people are having only one or two children or none. How are you supposed to maintain your race when two people (couple) are creating 0 – 2 offspring only. Average immigrant families (Jews, Chinese, Indians, Hispanics, Muslims, Eastern European) both educated and uneducated families have at least 3 children. So go and tell all your white friends to stop partying and being selfish and start having more kids.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      This just in from the department of I-Make-Things-Up-to-Support-Ridiculous-Statements.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      This doesn't surprise me. I work in southern california in the medical field and Mexican mothers come over here to have their babies(on the state's dime) so that their children are American Citizens. No wonder California is broke.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasCowboyFan

      Anthony Q, dude you are hanging out with the wrong crowd. Most minorities are NOT on welfare. There are more whites on welfare than anybody. Also, you made a comment earlier that most blacks don't work and are on welfare. No again man. You must be a white person that don't work and receives welfare. Birds of a feather flock to together. The blacks I know are educated, hold steady jobs and make a positive impact to society. You folks on this board are some racist people. Only in America........

      April 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basic Logic

      @Unspoken Truth: you said (and I quote) "Then explain to me why I have trouble getting jobs while my white counterparts seem to have open positions waiting for them at every turn- despite the fact I have a higher GPA, better resume, and better performance.

      I've worked for EVERYTHING Ive got...and I'm a minority.

      THEN YOU SAID: and I quote, " Ok Anthony O....put your money where your mouth is.

      Give me a website with statistics that proves most blacks are on welfare.

      This is an easy one because I study statistics for a living...game, set match."

      Simply put, two points...Either you have a job or you don't. If you don't have a job than the second comment that you wrote, the last one I pasted above, is FALSE. If you do have a job than your first comment makes absolutely no sense and borders on the edge of lunacy. Who are you to judge how hard a white person works to get a job, vs. how hard a minority works to get that same job?

      You are always asking the posters here to posts "factual" numbers and website data. Based on some of your comments I recommend that you don't get your own foot stuck too deeply in your mouth.

      To clear this up, I work in staffing and career placement here in Los Angeles, CA. Any company that we do business with who does not hire someone based solely on race is penalized heavily, and suffers State and Federal litigation with regards to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action laws and legislation. From my experience it is much easier for an under-qualified minority to make it through the hiring process than it is for an even more qualified white male, (females are also protected) given that fact that if the company chooses not to hire them they have the probability of facing the retribution of race and penalty being thrown in their face, a risk my companies will not take.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      "The majority of welfare recipients are actually White, making up 38 percent of the recipients, followed by 37 percent African Americans, and 25 percent other minority groups such as Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. However, African Americans are disproportionately represented on public assistance because we are only 12 percent of the population."

      http://www.blackelectorate.com/articles.asp?ID=586

      April 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Basic Logic, nobody's debating the fact that unqualified minorities do make it sometimes. It is harder to discriminate and get sued by it when you are a minority.

      What I'm saying is that I know many whites who have positions because whites tend to have better connections and are better established. Those with money and power pass it on to their family and friends. I know whites with positions because they knew somebody- not because of qualifications. ALso people want to look at small gains of affirmative action and ignore the fact that a people gave their lifetime to providing free labor to America, only to be released in poverty unappreciated and discriminated against. If you want to pelt minorities for affirmative action, pelt the beneficiaries of slave labor as well. You are not being fair.

      The biggest disappointment of all is that when whites think of minorities all they think of is affirmative action and crime. THe minorities I know are some of the brightest, nicest, hard working people I know. THey dont commit crimes and would help the next person regardless of color. This is my main point. I know there are bad AA cases, I should know, trust me.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basic Logic

      @DeAguaDulce...

      You Said-
      "The majority of welfare recipients are actually White, making up 38 percent of the recipients, followed by 37 percent African Americans, and 25 percent other minority groups such as Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. However, African Americans are disproportionately represented on public assistance because we are only 12 percent of the population."

      I had to laugh about this because you seem to have forgotten about the the laws of percentage. In order for you to quote a percentage you must first create an equalized environment. This is commonly referred to as a "base point percentage".

      To clear up your math (as well as the source's math error) lets start over with your figures. According to the Census website, blacks make up about 12.6% of the U.S. overall population. That works out to 37.7 million. If we use the White/Black total population and compare that with White/Black total welfare recipients we get a more accurate figure.\

      Here it is for you: 4.8% of all whites are on welfare. 14.1% of all blacks are on welfare. (I used your statistics to solve these simple equations based on overall population).

      This means that here in the U.S. 3 out of every 20 black people are on welfare, while only 1 out of every 20 white people use any form of welfare.

      1 vs 3 in 20 is a very large disparity.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yoyo

    There goes the neighbourhood.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PG

    Ethnic cultures have traits that are the same the world over. White people live one way, blacks another, asians another.
    I will say the only ethnicity that seems to be able to halfway run anything are whites and asians, though we all suffer from the human condition.
    There is a reason white population is dropping in cities: as a group we don't like living with other ethnicities. This is true no matter what country whites are found.
    But as the white population goes, so goes the country....and the world. You can believe that.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasCowboyFan

      And as a group, we don't like living around you either.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      You hit that nail on the head,look at our country now compared to 10 or 20 years ago......Go to any inner city, Detroit,Chicago,LA,name it,what's it look like? trash,who lives there? minorities.....I can drive through a decent neighborhood and pick out the black guys house EVERYTIME! ......Have some pride in something other than the rims on your caddy!!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chezwick

    So what of it? That was bound to happen sooner or later.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The_Unspoken_Truth

    You idiotic people have no history, no morals, no brains.

    A couple of thousand years ago, some north African nations had innovations, civilizations, and wealth, while some European nations were trying to figure it out.

    Great nations rise and fall with time. Independent of race, color, or breed.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Grace

      North Africans? You mean like Cleopatra, the Greek! That nonsense doesn't fool me. I went to school in the United States before Karl Marx had an influence.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      And, sadly, commenters like A. Grace are why this nation, regardless of all other factors, is on the way down. It's not race, color, nor breed- it's ignorance. I would try explaining the history of Egyptian civilization, or the Muslim caliphates in North Africa, but I fear it would be a moot point.

      Great comment, truth.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      What? You mean there were powerful civilizations before the Europeans??? No way!!!

      That's those Marxist political correctness liberals who are mysteriously sneaking into class rooms and changing the textbooks with permanent markers...

      April 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasCowboyFan

      Kudos to you The Unspoken Truth. Finally, someone on this board with some sense.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      @Sigh:

      You bemoan ignorance in this country and tell "Unspoken" that he has a great comment, while he is factually incorrect and you are ignorant. A couple thousand years ago North Africa was ruled by the Romans who were the successors to teh Greek Ptolemaic rulers before them. The Ptolemaic was descended from Ptolemy one of Alexander the Great's generals and heirs.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. April

    SWEET does that mean I can get special treatment for scholarship's and subsidies now?!! Whoo hooo

    Ok I am being sarcastic here.
    COLOR shouldn't be a condition for ANYTHING, PERFORMANCE should be. A person is defined by their actions not the color of their skin.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Then explain to me why I have trouble getting jobs while my white counterparts seem to have open positions waiting for them at every turn- despite the fact I have a higher GPA, better resume, and better performance.

      I've worked for EVERYTHING Ive got...and I'm a minority.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bama

      To the Unspoken Truth, you are a liar. There are no jobs waiting everywhere for your white counterparts! As a white person who lost their job and hasn't been able to land another I'll say it again, you are a liar!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      LOL, if you say it 20 times it may come true!

      This one girl wasnt a good student at all, has the same degree as I, and now has a cushy finance job. Why can't I get it? I had a near perfect GPA, a good thesis, etc.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      then explain to me UTU why all my "white" friends don't have jobs? So, when it applies to you it applies to all?

      April 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      As a white woman, I believe that color should ABSOLUTELY play a significant role for things like hiring, college scholarships, and grants.

      The fact is - decades of inequality (inequality that continues to exist today) has negatively impacted the socioeconomic mobility of a lot of minorities. For example, redistricting around racial and monetary lines have left some school districts operating out of textbooks dated in the 1980s.

      It doesn't matter how smart someone is if the system is designed in such a way as to limit their potential. Currently, our system is designed to limit the potential of many, many people living in the United States. We still have glass ceilings and slave labor.

      We're not at a place where we can sit back and say, "Well, everyone has reached the "Start" line - so let the race begin."

      April 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned

      @The_Unspoken_Truth – My husband is white and has been out of a job for almost a year. He has applied at many companies and had many interviews, but still doesn't have a job. He is a hard worker and has all the job skill requirements for the jobs for which he has applied. I think his age is against him. Could be the same thing in your case or it could be your personality traits. I am in management and I can guarantee you that I will hire a personable employee that possess the required job skills over someone with an education and no personality any day.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Unspoken_Truth

      Concerned, though we disagree, I appreciate your tactfulness, and you seem to have an open mind (which many whites I know do have...not the idiots on this board).

      I'm not saying whites all have jobs...my point is that my white counterparts on average have more success finding jobs because they tend to be better connected and are more likely to have family and friends in high positions. This is the best affirmative action of all- not the quotas that you hear people are talking about.

      On average, whites with the same amount of education tend to make more than minorities.

      I will have more success than the average person getting a job period because of the type of degree I have. I do know whites that are struggling to get jobs in the rough economy, so this isn't a knock on them. I don't wish hard times on anyone...this makes it harder to stomach some of the ignorant comments on this board from people who don't understand minorities...except what they see on Fox News or Cops.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Jessica nailed it. Exactly.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rationalizer

      @ The_UnSpoken_Truth – Did it ever occur to you that she may have gotten the job because the position required a female?? Just saying 😀

      April 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      No Unspoken Truth....You have trouble getting a job because anyone who has ever worked with a Afro American,knows they are lazy,will probably steal from them,or eventually claim racism and file for medical disability,blame that on yo peeps!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
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