LatinaLista — The U.S. Census released a report today stating the obvious:
Nearly one in every 10 of the nation’s 3,141 counties has a population that is more than 50 percent minority.
The report had some other interesting tidbits:
Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population (4.7 million) in 2006, followed by Harris County, Texas, and Miami-Dade (1.5 million each).
Maricopa County, Ariz. (home of Phoenix), had the biggest numerical increase in the Hispanic population (71,000) since July 2005, followed by Harris County, Texas (63,000).
Starr County, Texas had the highest Hispanic proportion of its total population in 2006, at 97 percent. In fact, each of the 11 counties with the highest Hispanic proportion of its total population was in Texas.
Which leads us to wonder if the Minority are the Majority, and minority is defined as less than 50% — then isn’t it time for a new term to refer to people of color?
It would not only be technically wrong to continue using the term “minority” when talking about the Hispanic population in these cities where Latinos constitute the majority, but the continued use of the term can be seen as a way to demoralize and create the illusion of a power gap when it comes to numbers.
It also begs to be asked if we want to be lumped under one umbrella term that continues the separation between people of color and whites.
It is a question for the new millennium.