Thursday, December 17, 2009

So then, will we get to complain about discrimination??

Via Drudge, there's an AP article saying that whites will no longer be the majority in the United States come the middle of the century (funny enough they're saying the limits to immigration are pushing this figure back). So, one wonders, at that time will white jokes become un-PC and will there be entitlement programs to keep the diversity that academics and, by proxy, the federal government crows about??  Already the feds have changed ethnicity reporting requirements for higher education where the first category is:  Hispanic/Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino.  Then you can choose as many race categories as you want from the list: 

American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
White
Despite being in higher education for 14 years, I'm hard pressed to understand why hispanic is an ethnicity and not a race.  It USED to be a race category.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics' glossary
A Latino or Hispanic person is of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term "Spanish origin" can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
 So a person who has Mexican ancestry but self-identifies as White would be a Hispanic/Latino ethnicity-wise but would be categorized with race=White.

No wonder the whites are going to be in the minority if that's how we're changing the way we collect data--it'll take several years for this new classifcation to trickle up and become a self-realizing prophecy.

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