May 17th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Census: Fewer white babies being born

By Stephanie Siek and Joe Sterling, CNN

(CNN)– U.S. minorities now represent more than half of America's population under the age of 1, the Census Bureau said, a historic demographic milestone with profound political, economic and social implications.

The bureau - defining a minority as anyone who is not "single race white" and "not Hispanic" - released estimates on Thursday showing that 50.4% of children younger than 1 were minorities as of July 1, 2011, up from 49.5% from the 2010 Census taken in April 2010.

"2011 is the first time the population of infants under age 1 is majority minority," said Robert Bernstein, a Census Bureau spokesman.

The latest statistics - which also count the national population younger than 5 as 49.7% minority in 2011, an increase from 49% in 2010 - portend a future of a more racially diverse America, with new and growing populations playing more important roles politically and economically in years to come, analysts say.

Like other analysts, Kenneth M. Johnson, senior demographer at the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, isn't surprised at the trend.

"We've known it was going to come, but the question was what year the "crossover point" would happen, he said.

"Little children are in the vanguard of all this change coming to America." he said.

Johnson sees the trend as an opportunity for more Americans to embrace diversity. More children are going to be exposed to a more diverse group of classmates, and that will affect attitudes and outlook.

The changes are going to be felt first in hospitals, as well as schools, where an increasingly diverse child population has to be absorbed. Hospitals would need interpreters and translators, for example, Johnson said. English as a second language would be an educational priority.

While many regions such as Atlanta have a diverse population, other regions lack racial and ethnic variety and will have to deal with a new kind of population, he said. In declining rural counties, he said, an influx of groups like Hispanics would serve to renew communities and changes would ensue.

"For a country that's aging, we need young workers, and the growth of the minority population will contribute to the size of the young adult workforce," he said. "This is breathing new life into the United States."

Jeff Passell, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, called the Census numbers "a cumulative effect of 35 to 40 years of immigration" bringing large numbers of Latinos, Asians and other immigrants into the United States.

He said the Hispanic population in particular is very young, much more concentrated in child-bearing years, and has a higher fertility rate than the white, non-Hispanic population. Lately, he says, there are a lot more births among native Hispanics in the United States than new Hispanic immigrants, a "cumulative effect" of immigration.

If the trend continues, Passell says several decades from now, possibly in the late 2030s or early 2040s, the U.S. population will become less than 50% non-Hispanic white.

"This is a trend that we can reasonably expect to continue. The factors that determine this have been set into motion, and in demography things tend to change gradually," he said.

There were 114 million minorities in 2011, or 36.6% of the U.S. population, a bump of half a percentage point from 2010. The latest figures count Hispanics as the most populous and fastest growing minority group.

They numbered 52 million in 2011, and their population grew by 3.1% since 2010. The U.S. Hispanic population grew from 16.3% in 2010 to 16.7% in 2011.

"California had the largest Hispanic population of any state on July 1, 2011 (14.4 million), as well as the largest numeric increase within the Hispanic population since April 1, 2010, (346,000)," the Census said.

"New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanics at 46.7%. Los Angeles had the largest Hispanic population of any county (4.8 million) in 2011 and the largest numeric increase since 2010 (73,000). Starr County - on the Mexican border in Texas - had the highest share of Hispanics (95.6 percent)."

Asians numbered 18.2 million nationally in 2011, making them the second fastest-growing minority group - up by 3% since 2010. Figures show that California had the largest Asian population of any state at 5.8 million and the largest increase since 2010 at 131,000.

"Hawaii is our nation's only majority-Asian state, with people of this group comprising 57.1% of the total population. Los Angeles had the largest Asian population of any county (1.6 million) in 2011, and also the largest numeric increase (16,000) since 2010. At 61.2%, Honolulu had the highest percentage of Asians in the nation," the Census said.

African-Americans are the second largest minority group in the United States at 43.9 million in 2011, an increase of 1.6% from 2010. New York has the largest black population of any state with 3.7 million and Texas has the largest increase from 2010 of 84,000. Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, has the largest black population of any county at 1.3 million. Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta, has the largest increase since 2010 at 13,000.

The District of Columbia has the highest percentage of blacks at 52.2%. Mississippi has the second-largest at 38%.

America's native population - labeled "American Indian and Alaska Native population" by the Census - was about 6.3 million in 2011, up 2.1% from 2010. California had the largest such population at 1,050,000 and the largest increase at 23,000. Alaska had the highest share at 19%. Los Angeles had the largest such population of any county, with 231,000, and the largest increase, 9,000 since 2010.

The population classified as "Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander" was 1.4 million in 2011, up 2.9% since 2010. Hawaii had the largest such population of any state at 359,000 and the highest percentage at 26.1. California had the largest increase since 2010 at 9,000. Honolulu has the largest population of any county at 235,000. Los Angeles County had the largest increase since 2011 at 2,700.

Of single race non-Hispanic whites, California had the largest population at 15 million. Texas had the largest increase since 2010 at 80,000. Maine had the highest percentage of the non-Hispanic white alone population, 94.3 percent.

Four states and the District of Columbia have predominantly minority populations, Hawaii, at 77%, the District of Columbia at 64.7%, California, at 60.3%, New Mexico, at 59.8%, and Texas, at 55.2%. Minorities comprised the majority population in 11% of the nation's 3,143 counties.

Michael White, professor of sociology at Brown University, said the rise of minorities fits into a longer-term evolution of the U.S. population, a mosaic that has been adapting to ethnic change since the first Census was recorded in 1790. There have been many groups represented over time, from enslaved and indigenous peoples, those of European stock, and now to a population reflecting the wider world - truly a "melting pot," he said.

White says it's hard to say how the changes will affect politics and that one can't assume that ethnic patterns will determine voting patterns. Local economic issues, for example, will evolve differently in different states and cities, and there are economic benefits of having a younger population, he said.

"The political dimensions will play out differently," he said. And by the time the babies are old enough to cast ballots, "the United States will be a different place when they are walking into a voting booth."

William Frey, Brookings Institution demographer, sees political challenges for new immigrants and an economy benefiting from their presence. Many Hispanics and Asians are too young to vote or can't cast ballots because they haven't become citizens.

"It's going to take perhaps awhile before the younger people get more engaged in politics. They do have an impact in some places, like swing states, such as Nevada, Colorado and Florida. They can make a difference," he said.

He, too, says that newcomers to the United States bring an energy that invigorates the economic system and an older society.

"I think we're going to just see that the younger part of the population will have a different vibe," he said. "They are sort of needed to help our youthful image and to add to that vitality. They will bring a dimension and element we sorely need."

soundoff (3,128 Responses)
  1. Texas

    I'm white not rich and not a republican and especially not a democrat. Not a republican cause rich folks are greedy that's simply how they got there, not a democrat cause I know the welfare program gets abused a lot.

    First of all welfare is not temporary, when food stamps and free medical, dental and vision(for kids) are used for over 16 years I don't consider that a temporary program. And it causes some folks I know to have more kids. Why not kids don't cost much with welfare. Ever wonder why hispanics have so many kids. (We aren't working the farms anymore people) having kids should be a burden these days and is to most people including lots of hispanics but there a large group of them who think otherwise.

    Look I married into a family like this my wife wasn't raised on handouts but her sister married a guy who's large family LOVES them. They think everybody does, just act divorce, and have lots of kids (they have 6 started welfare on the first child she's now 17 they are still receiving handouts). They also split them up for taxes since you know they are "divorced" Get this he also has a green card but makes over 60k a year as a truck driver. And look when I mean the whole family is on it I mean his 12 brothers and 10 sisters as well as all their cousins. Some born here but most in Mexico by the border.

    My wife's parents came from Mexico and never relied on government handouts.

    I never knew what food stamps were, and I was raised poor. Didn't have shoes until I started school. Before I met my wife's sister family I thought they were like postal stamps or something and a person only got maybe a loaf of bread free. Man.... was I wrong.

    My wife's sister has 10 horses, a boat, and 3 vehicles but a house they don't take care of. So they look kind of poor however they can afford that overly priced western wear. Pair of boots can run up to 300 bucks! Their 17 year old daughter just got her first paycheck yesterday, her mom rushed her to the store and spent it all on expensive clothes! 500 dollars all on clothes yeah that's poor...give me a break.

    Look this has gone beyond a temporary situation. These people have hatred for white folks and believe we should pay for them to live. Plain and simple I would say 6 out of 10 hispanics live by this way of life and thinking.

    And I really don't blame them much I mean white folks especially in small towns can be really racist. They have even giving me dirty looks when with my wife and have talked crap behind us plenty of times, some even think we are on welfare...lol.

    Its took YEARS for my sister-in-laws family and extended to finally believe that I just work hard and don't get anything from my white man money tree and my hispanic wife and I are still poor but we make it look good thanks to research, home improvements, and sweat (at work and at HOME) But no way would we ever make the working class pay for our lives. And most of these abusers work and say "well I paid into it so I should use it"....ok but where's the handout for my wife and I. Oh wait I forgot we aren't liars, punished for working hard and stopping at two kids, cause for us kids are expensive!

    I think its really hard for most white folks to believe that minorities aren't abusing the system when you see the life styles of them. I know hate me... I get it for being married to a hispanic, and for voicing my opinion but I just see it with my own eyes. God I have seen so many of them abuse it I don't want to believe it but there is so many so many so so so many! I mean my sister-in-laws husband has 50 people he's related to in this small town and thats just this one guy in the small town of 2,000 people. My closet relative lives 2 hours away! Who is really the foreigner here?

    I hate when they say they have it so hard when this guy with a green card makes more money than me! good for him he's a hard worker but stop stealing diesel from your company and stop taking cash from the tax payers! And making everyone believe they are living the struggle. What struggle they party every weekend!

    I can't wait till whites are the minorities. "Wake up Wake up Wake up...hey guys its the first of the month!"

    October 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      inspite of your "personal experience" the fact is that latinos are the least likely to be on public assistance of any kind. The vast majority of people who recieve public assistance are white americans. An even greater proportion of whites make up the new welfare applicants. So your hate is misdirected just like most bigotry.

      October 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kate

        Sorry, but I agree with Kyle. If minorities do and will become the majority, unless they become better educated and able to contribute back we are doomed. I am an educator in Florida where the schools have become filled with minority studentsd unwilling to learn. The standards are set so low due to the influx of minorities that I often wonder how the system has even survived this long. Just a final message: Do not send your children to Florida public schools if you are white. Your kids do not stand a chance of progressing in this system that is more of a juvenile detention than a learning medium.

        November 7, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sharell Dorsey

    The government was behind Hitlers movement, and from that stemmed Planned Parenthood. Which is the past and current BLACK GENOCIDE. If you look up the history of Planned Parenthood you will see that its former name was once the American Eugenics Societ. For those of you who don't know what Eugenics is, it is a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed. I wont elaborate much because I prefer for people to do their own research. That is all.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bc

    Where did they place the children of bi-racial birth? They are usually put in the column of the minority parent. If they included them as white children and took them off the list of minorities, I wonder what the statistics would show?

    August 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kids

      More to the point, the very premise of this article is based on a faulty relationship between ethnicity and race. In the 2010 census the majority of Hispanics identified themselves as white, and this is the real truth. Hispanic / Latino is an ethnicity comprised of many races. Therefore, an increase in the Hispanic population actually corresponds to an increase in white babies being born in the united states. This is a non story, a form a racial baiting that will get us nowhere.

      CNN seems to like to focus on these stories because they provoke a response. Racism is a problem, however, socioeconomic status needs to be addressed. The difference between the rich and the rest of us. Being poor stacks the deck against every race and ethnicity.

      September 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JayRay

    This is no time for insults. America is growing more diverse every day. There is room and an opportunity for all. Please stop thinking everyone is looking for a handout. Fact of the matter is, young children don't ask to be born into poverty or into some of the living environments they have to endure. So yes, their parent may need gov't assistance for a while. Let's just pray that the system allows for a help then release program when parents are able to take care of the kids with a job of their own. God bless this country and everyone trying to make a living in it!

    August 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • wes

      meanwhile the world is getting much less diverse everyday.

      November 24, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kjones

    note: earn your own way! don't live off the government!!!! that is the american way~!!!!!!! My opinion...... just live happy.... work hard.... and don't accept hand outs!!!! WORK HARD! DON'T LIVE OFF THE GOVERNMENT HAND OUTS!!! That I believe is the american way????

    July 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayRay

      What does this article have to do with handouts

      August 30, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. john

    It's too bad they say if there is less white people, why?, because the world will not have so many good looking people.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Voice Of Reason

    Who cares who is the minority? If you breed em, feed em! Period!
    Don't ask for handouts...

    June 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dkew09

    Its called having 10 kids with 8 differenet women. If you haven't watched any of the slimy "is he the daddy" talk shows where they do a paternity test, then this shouldnt suprise you. Some demographics are more responsible when it comes to having kids period...

    June 2, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Paige

      It isn't "some demographics" who are better at keeping their legs closed or maybe getting their tubes tied. It's "people who have better things to do with our lives" and educational and hopefully career goals in life. This has nothing to do with skin pigmentation. It has to do with UPBRINGING.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Calie

    America is almost Mexico and will be Mexico in a few short years.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jay


    When Christopher Columbus discovered America, he was flying the flag of Spain for Queen Isabella. Spanish was the first European language spoken on North American soil. Hispanics were the first official settlers here. St Augustine, Florida, is the oldest continuous settlement here in America. Note the Spanish name. Lose the Hispanic Hate. They were here first, well, after the Native Americans. So shut it."

    Actually, St.Augustine (of Hippo) was from Northern Africa, and the Spanish colonized parts of North America while Anglos colonized and won what is now the U.S.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. jack

    come on people.. we all know how CNN comes up with these stories..
    my questions is where do they get all this census info..
    most of it might be true.,then it could be bull crap to a point..
    there famous for creating stories to entice people,to enrage people..then after were all angry at each other cnn will have to apologize for creating an inaccurate story..
    just like they did with the Trayvon martin case.if you didn't hear about this do the research .travyon martin was killed by george zimmerman that is not going to change..self defense or motive is the other story.
    cnn is guilty of creating a racial panic when on the 911 call Zimmerman was said to have made a racial slur..
    CNN created the racial Slur.
    so there doing it again to see people responses.
    so what if america is going to change.Hopefully we as Americans and the ones who want to become american citizens can lead and keep the american dream alive for next generations..
    remember this people Americans.Republicans ,democrats.take the last 5 letters and what do you get.
    democrats what do you get crats or rats.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Well...*you* could actually "do the research" yourself...like you tell others to do. (Remember, there's a big difference between "I can" and "I do"...and if you don't bother actually "doing", then the fact you "can" doesn't mean a thing.

      So just go to the Census Bureau website. There's tons of data...plus they even tell you how they collect it. It's not a conspiracy.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe smo

    No,your the ignorant one. You are filled with hate at your own race simply because you think we look at your kids as poor. Your a poor example of a human.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. annie

    I'm considered a minority separate from white even though 3 of my 4 grandparents are white but I came out brown so I guess I'm not allowed in that club and I'm just tossed in with all the other Mexicans. Makes perfect sense.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paige

      Yeah, you are. Welcome to the club. The club of "I had 3 grandparents of - race but I don't look like them so I'm, what, NOT a member of that race?" club. People who are 3/4 white but 1/4 black and look "black," have been in that club for centuries.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peridot2

    It's the small-minded, ignorant and easily frightened who express their feelings about being 'outnumbered' by minorities and 'others'...you know, those who think FOX News is factual. White skin does not an American make.

    When we're cut we all bleed red blood.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anonymous

    Having children in an overpopulated world is just ignorance. Even most animals stop breeding when resources become scarce or their populations increase drastically, with the exception of some species. It's amusing how the people with limited finances are the ones who have the most children and then wonder why they have no money. I'm assuming they are expecting their children to eventually take care of them. But that won't happen if they just end up in the same impoverished life. It's not the race that matters as much as the way they are raised and the culture they come from. If you raise your children to take care of themselves and be a responsible citizen, then that is great and you are doing society a favor. But as long as they remain minorities and are treated as such, they will always expect government hand outs and assume they should be taken care of because they are "disadvantaged." We need to stop the welfare generation.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MazeAndBlue

      Get over it! OBAMA 2012

      May 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lio

      your premice is wrong. we are not in an overpopulated world where resources are scarce. all data from studies done in the field show that there is enough wealth on earth for all human beings but that wealth is unequally shared with 20% controlling 80% of the resources. Secong it is proven that there is a lot of waste in the food consumed on earth as the food produced is enough to feed the whole population. There are many studies and statistics about it by the UN, the WHO, and the WFO. So yes there are enough resources for the population currently on earth, and there is no evidence there won't be in the future. What lacks is RESPONSIBILITY and what is in excess is GREED.

      May 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paige

      No, people with no resources and no hope in life reproduce like flies because that's the only way to get fed and housed. By the various States' programs. Welfare is all they are going to QUALIFY for so they have babies in order to keep THAT coming. You don't understand the "don't bother studying all through school because making babies is all you're going to be good for, drop out of school as soon as you legally can and have babies to keep the State providing a roof over your head" mentality unless you somehow came from an extended family that THINKS that way, which your father was the "black sheep" in and "ran away" from to UCLA with his GI bill from WW2 and yada yada yada......and raised you the hell AWAY from geographically so that your oodles and gobs of cousins wouldn't beat you up every single day until you stopped studying just to stop the daily beatings, and etc, etc. You don't understand the welfare mentality unless you've spent your life trying to stay as far the hell AWAY from it as your father raised you to be.......and fail miserably sometimes because in spite of being highly educated it's hella hard to get HIRED in this economy and always being up against lesser-educated and less intelligent white people who are, after all, white. And "connected." Whereas you're brown-skinned and NOT "connected."

      November 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff

        Paige, you seem very smart, and I agree with what you're saying. If you play the rules you should receive a fair shot at job opportunities. If we need affirmative action to remedy this then so be it. However, I can tolerate no excuses for criminality and the welfare life you describe.

        November 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        I have news for you!!! In this world, the only ones who do get ahead are the well connected ones, whether you're black, asian or white. It's who you know, not what you know.

        December 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. P0stmaster

    This Page is full of "racial discrimination"..!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      It really is. What a dreadful image of humanity and the hatred some bear toward others.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. marc

    How about we as Americans vote to end the Good ole boy race separating census system. No more "minority" garbage or non-white Hispanic lets call ourselves the majority period. All of us the "American majority" one number one people because in times of war the country we're fighting against see's all of us as Americans. They won't say oh don't shoot at that one he's a minority or a non Hispanic white. Lets move forward not backwards

    May 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      All of our enemies just see us as targets. They couldn't care less about the color of your skin, they just care that you pledge allegiance to the US and want you dead.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      United we stand, divided we fall.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • seaglass

      I agree with you marc. Few people in America are only one race or decent unless they are recent new-comers. Lets drop the identifiers and be American.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dave

    What this appears to be a picture of is simple demographics. Whites in this country are wealthier and on average, anecdotally less religious than minorities in this country. Poorer and more religious people on average have more children than richer and less religious people. I am not concerned as long as all people seek freedom and the opportunity for prosperity for themselves and their fellow man, and not seek to exclude others based on prejudice, jealousy, or any other manifestation of pride or contempt.

    Whites, if this is a problem in your eyes, there is a solution. Have more kids! Pure and simple.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  19. MazeAndBlue

    Diversity is good. God Bless America!

    May 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Saboth

    As a married white male with no kids, having children right now is simply irresponsible. The economy is in shambles,our government is corrupt, and I've still got bills to pay off. I suppose some people just pop them out instead of worrying about being responsible though. Hell, if you can't take care of them, the government will, right?

    May 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Realdirect

    Fade to black.

    May 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Realdirect

    Fewer whites being born equals....the decline of racism.

    May 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • margaret

      I have to disagree with you on that. I am a white women who is about as nonracist as you can get. I am dating someone ouf of my race and have always tried not to judge on the basis of race. I am been treated horribly by black women simply because I was white. I did not judge all black people on that. I have also been treated wonderfully by other black people. There are just as many racist in other races as there are in the white race. To make a blanket statement like you did is wrong and frankly, racist.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      it would be nice for an end to racism..so what if the caucasian population is dwindling to by a census. i am not sure to believe exactly.congrats to the hard working fathers and mothers providing for your kids..no congrats to the families living off the system and having 9 kids and more..
      racism will never go away because blacks are very racist towards Hispanics and asians.
      listen to some of the comments.
      oh to the african americans on here..
      your population is dying off too..drugs and violence..
      asian amercians will be the New rulers of the united states and you will still be a minority..

      May 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Smith

      Perhaps. The decline of white racism, that is. Alas it also means the decline of civilizational advancement and the slow steady descent into universal, third-world decline.

      May 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Northside Mike

    White people are too busy working while MINORITIES sit around collecting their government checks.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim C

      Finally an intelligent post! I still can't believe people still buy the myth of "white privilege". Whites are the only race in the US that AREN'T privileged!

      May 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Melon13

        Jim you are getting more hilarious by the second..."The Bet" is what exactly? Are you referring to Black Entertainment Television as a demonstration of minority privilege? Seriously? So the fact organizations exist that are designed to support minorities in areas where they are lagging behind the general population, somehow means they are now privileged. What warped reasoning you have. Please look at unemployment rates between blacks and whites with the same level of education then come and tell me whose privileged.

        May 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Because white males are so busy working 40 hours a week...out of 168 hours a week...that means they're too exhausted the rest of the time to "you know what" and make babies???

      Wow. I did not know that. Everyone!! Pay attention!! White men can't get it up because they have jobs!!!!

      May 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAD

      MANY "minorities" actually have more pride and an optimistic view for the future. They work as hard as they can to make sure that their children have a more fortunate future than their parents. We stereotype too many minorities and don't look beyond the statistics.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  24. Melon13

    What is up with some of the posts?!!! Some white folks on here sound like they are running scared! For centuries white people have had privilege and power, and to be honest they still do. It's not about whether you're the majority or minority it's about who has power and that lays firmly in the hands of white folks. It's not likely to change anytime soon.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melon13

      Ridiculous paranoia that is rampant in this country. Pathetic!

      May 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. TexDoc

    As long as there are more births than deaths, I don't care what color the child.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Rebecca

    does it really matter? the minority? the race? I'm white. I know plenty of black families that are upstanding, conscientious and don't keep "having babies to get handouts." I understand the concern of the welfare system, that's what needs an overhaul. I witness a lot of abuses. It's a class, educational, spiritual problem, not a race.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. French Fried

    Firstly , I'm sorry for my poor "english" (learned at school ...25 years ago..). Nevertheless I hope you will be able to decipher my post...

    I have hearded this news from the French TV today , and finally it doesn't really suprised me ... What is very strange for a French citizen , is that in USA , you can have ethnical census . Here it isn't allowed to count people by the color of their skin or by the " ethnical " groups ....(It's considered as racism... I wish we could have Census like yours...).

    But France is like a " little" America (with 20 years of late )... Here "our " Hispanics are people from North Africa and SubSaharian Africa ...
    Our welfare system is very generous and very very attractive.. so in the Paris suburb and (some big cities) I think that now , white people are minority .
    I don't know if it's a good or bad thing ... but it's get more complicated .. and it's a fact that the way of life of the " traditionnal" French people is (unfortunatly) lost... and Now we have build a new country there is no alternative.

    ( I wish we could have Census like yours...)

    May 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Why do you wish to have a census like ours? Ours seems to be divisive.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xavier

      Hey Frenchie,

      Yes I think the American system actually is better on this point. The French system is about egalite/fraternite, but it's very hard to have those things if you don't get a good education or good job. I think your system makes it much harder to categorize and collect data on ethnic and economic statistics. I don't think our system is divisive make everything a lot more complicated though because we can't sweep problems "under the rug".

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  28. maliksmama

    The reason "minority" babies are increasing is because white women aren't having babies and the ones that do, are having babies by "minorities".

    May 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • pozin

      You would make a great politician seeing how you can make up statistics to whatever fits your view. I am worried that you really believe what you say.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      This white woman chose to have one child because the world is overpopulated.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Fed Up

    Social Security funds the ridiculous disability claims ("I can't work because I get headaches" or " I can't work because I get depressed") are draining the funds. Welfare recipients are not a "small piece of the pie" either. Our tax dollars fund so many programs for people who are lazy and expect to get a free ride – rent, utility, medicaid and cable bills, cell phones, day care, transportation vouchers... the list goes on. Illegals are learning how to play the game too.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Too bad you apparently don't know a darned thing about disabilities or mental illness or Social Security disability or what it takes to qualify and the hoops people have to jump through to get it? Of course, actual knowledge would wreak havoc with your preconceived notions.

      Why the heck are you so resentful about things that you continually demonstrate that you really don't know much, if anything, about?

      May 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tendofreak

        Actually SS disability scamming is rampant. I personally know a Hispanic LEGAL...that does not work, flys back to Texas 3x a year for recertification as disabled who gets $600 a month for a bad back. A week ago, I watched him carry 2 cases of bottled water into the house....probably 60-70lbs? and didnt miss a beat. He has been on SS disability about 10 years now. Where as I'm white. I have been working since the age of 12 and currently work 50 hrs a week and have for the last 40 years and will be lucky to retire at 62. Of course working I make 5x what he brings home from SS and I know I could not live on $600 a month.
        All he and his buddies want to do is sit around, eat tortillias and watch Spanish TV all day. Not my kinda life. I think more of myself than that and have a higher degree of honor than to be a thief.

        May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Rita

    If you are an American then you must have medical insurance for all your medical care. You must have money for your rent, food, utilities etc. However, if you are an illegal you just walk into the nearest hospital and they must treat you. Welfare office will help you apply for welfare. Then those charges are passed on to the Americans. One hospital had to close in Texas because of the Mexicans using it for free medical. What a country. Mexicans think Americans are stupid because of the lax laws here and you know what I have to agree.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Isabella

    I am Hispanic, and I live in California. I am disgusted to see so many people abuse the system. We only had two children because we knew that was all we could afford. While the Mexicans, have five or more, and neglect their kids. They don't care about them. The majority live in subsidized housing and drive around in Escalades. Disgusting! Welfare needs to be reform and no more babies because you don't take care of them. All these people want is a hand-out, and we are sick of it. The government needs to step in and make some changes. Embarassed of these people. No shame!

    May 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • maliksmama

      Of course you're Hispanic.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      You actually *know* that all these Mexicans have 5 or more kids...and that they neglect them? Just HOW do you know this???

      And you *know* that the majority of "these people" are living in subsidized housing...AND that they are all driving around in Escalades? Just HOW do you know this???

      I'm really looking forward to your telling us how you *KNOW* that these gross generalizations you've made are true. Of course, I'm not holding my breath.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jenn

        It's not rocket science. Have you ever been to California? Monday-Friday it seems like the weekend- I mean thousands of people out (not working) with the brood in tow! Driving Escolades!!

        May 21, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  32. kim

    There are a lot of racist white people making comments about how minorities want a handout and want to live off the government for free. This is the farthest from the truth. Most minorities work and pay taxes like white people. If anyone is living off the government, it is the rich corporations that pay little or no taxes, but yet send jobs oversees. I think the comments show that America has a long way to go in terms of race relations and overcoming racism. The white population is declining because a lot of white people (especially white women) are marrying outside their race. Immigration has also influenced the number of minorites.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rita

      Kim guess I am classed as a white racist because I resent people coming into our country and breaking our law. I just tried to visit a local Children and Families State Department to get help for my disabled daughter. We could not even locate a place to sit. . The room was over flowing with Spanish speaking people who had brought the entire family to get services paid for by the American Tax Payer. If they are not here legally they can't have a social security number and do not pay any tax. But once they can have a baby with in the USA border that qualifies them for free services. Housing, food stamps, medical and etc. If the fact that I resent having to leave without being seen then so be it. My family has fought and died for this nation and I resent people who come here without an invitation. Why don't you if you are American? Or are you one of those hiring illegals?

      May 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elyssa

        Rita, you are so caught up in your hate that you don't see the cycle that you are perpetuating. Each time a new race/religion/whatever arrives, everyone else hates. People hated the Irish, the Asians, the Blacks..get over it..it's okay to feel frustrated, but it's not okay to turn that frustration into racism.

        May 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jake

        Elyssa can it really be racism if we want our nation to take care of it's own first? Anyone who thinks other wise is either ignorant or one who sucks off the services that should be reserved for Americans. But all in all we do have the freedom to voice our opinion and if you call it racism so be it. I actually feel sorry for you – you are the person doing the hating.

        May 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kay

        Nah. You're just yet another resentful person who grossly generalizes and assumes because...well, because you couldn't find a seat and the people sitting down were speaking Spanish???


        Who on earth told you that all those people were illegals??? Who on earth told you that none of those adults had a Social Security number???

        What's that you say? No one told you that? You simply ASSUMED it? Because they were speaking Spanish...and were in a welfare office???

        You might want to read some more of these posts...because you'll find there are posters ridiculing people like *you*. Ridiculing people who are trying to get help because of a disability. Yup. Unless your daughter is obviously "disabled", then there are an awful lot of "patriotic Americans" who are just as resentful of *her* getting assistance as you are about "those people" who were doing nothing more than speaking Spanish.

        May 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • peridot2

        When Christopher Columbus discovered America, he was flying the flag of Spain for Queen Isabella. Spanish was the first European language spoken on North American soil. Hispanics were the first official settlers here. St Augustine, Florida, is the oldest continuous settlement here in America. Note the Spanish name. Lose the Hispanic Hate. They were here first, well, after the Native Americans. So shut it.

        May 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jay

        The logical conclusion would be to abolish birthright citizenship, it's abused too often and too easily.

        May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • ????

      Fact, over 70% of all black babies born in America today have no declared Father. I rest my case.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jake

        Do you know any black men not living withint the family structure that pays child support. They don't or really can't since there are so many – one of the talk shows last week had a black man who has 13 children by different women and won't pay any support. Guess who is supporting the babies? The tax payer.

        May 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • queenbee10

        ..and that includes all the bi-racial declared black babies had by white women. Yep–that is true, but that does not change the fact that white people are not having babies by other white people and when you finish writing that, since black babies are even less than Hispanic you still have not made any point except once again whites are OBSESSED with black people and to them only they and black people exist. LOL

        May 21, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mark Y

    I think the decline in white births is down to a working mentality in most families, where the family only bears as many children as the parents can provide for. There is certainly a mentality among many minorities that the state owes them something and that babies provide leverage in the system.
    It's not a racist idea, just something I've noticed in general discussion, which is that white people generally wouldn't contemplate breeding their way into free housing etc....

    May 20, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Taxpayer

      I'm not white, but I can understand the dilemma of the white people. Thirty six years ago after getting married immediately we decided one child because the thought of raising that child; food, shelter, schooling, clothing and savings is a huge responsibilities. Now still working, paying my regular estimate to Uncle Sam quarterly to help support those people staying at home, watching TV, eating with their hearts content, getting fat, multiplying babies like flies and blamed the government of their unfortunate life. Really?????? My friends out there regardless who will be the next president the welfare dilemma is going to get worst if endless breeding continues. This time I go along with the Chinese regulation one child per couple............I did........

      May 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rita

        Tax payer – love it. I agree with you totally. When a woman has a baby out of wed-lock maybe support that one for her but force her to get her tubes tied. Males after they have been shown to have lots of babies that you are not supporting time for a snip snip for you.

        May 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom


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    • queenbee10

      white people all over the world are going sterile–and white men SC are down and more and more are prone to ED–but the women are also frequently infertile–blame it on what you like–still a lot less white babies and less being made daily.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
      • wes

        That is an absolute lie.

        BLACK men are the ones with ED.

        November 24, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  34. NoTags

    If the AA community keeps producing people like 33 year old Desmond Hatchett (Tennessee man with 30 children by 11 different women) it won't take long for AA's to be the majority race.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      LOL–maybe whites should take a page from the Duggars or Octomom and for the few that are still fertile–get with the program or become a minority.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
      • rita

        thanks queen bee I agree. whites need to ahv e more kid. thankyou. get off those pills.

        October 22, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  35. DebG

    If our politicians would base citizenship on whether a child has a parent's citizenship, we would not be in this mess. The number of illegitimate hispanic children, who do receive benefits is ridiculous. In addition to food stamps, welfare, and the annual cost to educate anchor babies and illegal children, we're talking about billions of dollars. I'm in California and we definitely are getting the bottom of the barrel when it comes to immigrants. Too bad.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      And, of course, you can't be bothered calculating what they put back into the economy. Why would you want to do that?

      May 20, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • JAD

      There is a reason why those "anchor babies" are in this nation in the first place: their parents set fourth to this nation to provide a better future for their children. Here, those kids have an opportunity that many of us take advantage of. Sure, California is paying billions because of this, but the more that these kids look forward to an opportunistic future, the bigger the payback will be. Its the immigrants who built this nation up in the first place.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • NIki

        Yes immigrants have built this country, but lets be correct on which immigrants. Not the ones that are considered " anchor babies". I do not have a problem with anyone wanting to better themselves by working hard or going to school to fullfil such dreams, but should it be on the backs of people who have worked hard in this country and those who have waited in lines for a visa applications then months or even years to be approved just to work or go to school here. "Nope" We have people who actually are legal citizens here who are unable to even find a job, but lets not get away from topic. All this could be due to "planned parenting" with the rising cost of so many things, having a child might not be for many people now so if less caucasian babies being born could be because of just this.

        August 15, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  36. Texan

    I didn't know there was a contest. What is the prize for winning?

    May 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  37. wavejump1100

    why are white people so upset over this? why do white people wrongly assume minorities receive the most government benefits? people do some research. it seems working people are very bitter that someone might eke out a feeble temporary existence on the governments dime. have some heart. welfare is TEMPORARY. food stamps provide the bare minimum to survive. free cell phones have very limited minutes and give down and out people a chance to get a job. eventually all the races in this country will be mixed and we will stop dividing people by race. i look forward to that day.

    May 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nitalynn

      I'm white. As far as why they are upset in general is because the Republicans have told them they should be. Now don't ask me why they should obey or even believe them, I haven't figured that out myself.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I sure hope you are wrong. I take pride in my nationality and would never wish to deplete my race. Blacks andMexicans are making sure no one depletes their race as they plan to take over soon.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. wavejump1100

    does this mean when referring to minorities we will mean white people?

    May 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      I'm assuming that, when whites become the minority, the terminology regarding minorities will change. And not necessarily for the better.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  39. Jeff

    This white dude regards racism with disgust and racist people with contempt.

    May 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. blaclogic

    i hope the darker races ruin America. It would be poetic justice for a country full of small minded xenophobic racist euginists like most of the commentors on this subject

    May 19, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Better Think Again

      What a stupid thing to say. What would be poetic justice would be for the "darker races" to shore up America, make it strong and self reliant. That is what poetic justice means moron. People are scared for the "darker races" to control America because there is not a country in the world that is a world power or economically sound that is run by a "darker race".

      May 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phantasm

        There is no such thing as different human races, there only the human race.

        June 6, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  41. D

    Octomom will take care of this don't worry

    May 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chsupport

      I doubt she's of a 'single race', either.

      And who knows about what the kids have mixed in... no one knows who the father is!
      (My guess is Maury Povich)

      May 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  42. tana

    I am not prejudice but that is really scary, Makes me want to have more kids I thought I was done.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bolobolo666

      To non-white people: If as you move up the socio-economic ladder you can maintain good relations between males and females you will inherit the earth. Highly educated white men and women can't stand each other. I am talking about straight people, not gays. If you solve this problem you will become a majority in America. Good luck. If you cannot solve this problem the deer and the antelope will once again play.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  43. S-Hug

    Whites don't take care of their own like the other races do. So, there's no incentive to carry on the family genes.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Or whites just know in hard economic times having more kids they cannot afford it not a good idea, unlike non-whites who just depend on Government anyway.

      May 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  44. Bribarian

    Everyone is actually missing a big point, whites were already a worldwide minority, now that we're a minority in our own nations it means genocide is going on, of course genocide is acceptable to most jews/liberals when whites are the victims.

    May 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bolobolo666

      Jews have the highest rate of intermarriage and the lowest birth rate of any group in America. Jewish men and women hate each other.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  45. Bribarian

    The bigger collapse will actually come when whites finally do disappear from america, who is going to feed all the handout kiddies?

    May 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • chicago7

      The majority of people on public assistance are white.

      May 19, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Jenn

        You may want to re-read those statistics!

        May 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  46. Bribarian

    It's sorry to say, but obviously Hitler had some points, look where tolerance has gotten western nations, on the verge of extinction.

    May 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia L.

      And, intolerence lead to Germany's collaspe. Guess you forgot to read that part. Seriously, dude, stop drinking vanilla shakes, you have brain freeze.

      May 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjen73

        Bad Military planning and a few American heros did that

        May 20, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Cynthia L.

        AND, Hitler, knowing he was losing to the "ALLIED' forces, started to off his own cities. Like some possessive boyfriend that kills his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. If you can't have her neither can anyone else sound familiar??
        By, the way, I hope you admit there were BLACKS in our military, too. 'Cause there were. And, just as another poster said earlier, "They bleed red, too". Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and all genders. Don't try to sugar-coat it so you feel better about your own importance.

        May 20, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  47. Bribarian

    I guess liberals have finally accomplished their goal of white genocide

    May 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia L.

      I think I just turned into a 'liberal'. There, it was your fault.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kay

    Good grief. You might actually want to take a moment or two and not just google articles on race and fertility, but actually read some of them. You also might want to read a bit about something called "stratified reproduction" while you're at it.

    Oh...and you might actually want to check out the actual figures for attempted adoptions and fertility treatment before you blather about "vast amounts". (As an aside, it's really too bad that so many kids each year age out because they weren't adopted by one of those "vast amounts" of "White" people, isn't it?)

    May 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  49. historygeek5

    It appears to be getting very quiet in here "on the right side of the aisle"???

    May 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  50. queenbee10

    White people are becoming sterile. Scientist and no one else really wants to blatantly say that–because if reported that way and believe, whites would go terminal and there is a good chance once they realized they were going extinct they would try to take everyone else with them.

    May 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. queenbee10

    YEAH!!! and the same goes for the media glorifying high school dropouts and teen baby makers like Bristol Palin!!! You tell them!

    May 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. queenbee10

    Well. ... given the actual make up of the world, and the fact that every country is trending to global unity, this is to be expected–but if people really believe that other races will not trend towards those who they feel are "like them" just as whites have done, then they are being dishonest.

    it is human nature to want to elect or be surrounded by people who look and think/act like you AND to think such people would be more empathetic and sympathetic to you as a fellow member of the same race (with possibly the same concerns) than a person from another race. I look for us to have our first Hispanic president by 2025–he may be a white Hispanic, but it will pave the way for that demographic and then perhaps–an Indian or Asian President too.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Better Think Again

      Yes because Hispanics have such a good history of running a successful country.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elle

        If Hispanics have such a good history of running a country, why are they leaving their countries to come here? How I wish we were speaking German today.

        May 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  53. writerscramp

    I live in Alabama and I intentionally brought the subject of this article up at work today among some of the most racist rednecks I am forced to work with just to see the fumes coming out of theirs ears. One got verbally rampaging on it so bad on it I thought the veins on his forehead were going to explode. It is so easy to push their buttons in their little racist brains at times

    May 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Teddy

    Whites live outside their means. They spend as though there is no tomorrow.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      Change that to "Americans" and most would agree with you–I know of no group in America unless it is perhaps Asians-who live collectively within their means–the US is based on credit and consuming, so almost anyone living here picks up that bad habit no matter what race.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Teddy

    Why are they called as "whites", when they really aren't ? A majority of them are pale yellow though.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      Technically, whites are a mutation of Africans–but I don't think they would take kindly to be called mutants. They like calling themselves a color and they also want to call one other group a color too–old habits die hard.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • soundboard

        I'm sick of this term white. I like to be called European-Asian-African-American. If you can't call me this, I'll sue for racial discrimination because I just became a minority and I'll win. =P

        May 20, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  56. Carl Seaward

    If you are afraid of minority babies out numbering "whites" you need to support Planned Parenthood!

    May 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia L.

      You think some of these folks would have figured that out. But, the majority of their work is woman's health and, since white babies mothers are in need of prenatal care to bring a baby to term healthy enough to maybe grow up and make some MORE of those WHITE BABIES! they think it is only minorities that use this vital service. Can you get any dumber than some of the folks on here??

      May 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Pamela

    Hey I am a white woman and have four black children too. I love them dearly a daughter and a set of triplet boys.

    May 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Fed Up

    Any "guy" can have a kid (although you seem to have chosen the low end of the racial stick) but can you be a father? Does your "black girl" work for a living? And I'm not talking about the part-time shifts at a gas station so she can collect her food stamps and welfare check.

    May 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  59. historygeek5

    When all the gnashing of teeth over this "trend" ends and we're ready for a rational discussion, this is what it will partially be about: For 400 years Eurocentric culture has an unquestioned monopoly on decision making in America. As a result, there has been no measurable benefit for Anglo-Americas to understand virtually anything about any other culture.

    Simply put, demographic shifts point to an inevitable loss of very longstanding predictability. And, for an awful lot of people that's a very frightening possibility. Because for a lot of people, they'd just about rather die than change "the way they've always done it".

    May 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  60. jk

    I thought 1/2 and 1/2's were called mulato

    May 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      Only 50% white and 50% black are mulattos but there are more combinations than that–and by law a mulatto is still a black –in fact a person is black until they have less than 1/16 black ancestry in them.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • chicago7

        Are you people still living in the Jim Crow south or what? Are you kidding??

        May 19, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
      • queenbee10

        just quoting the miscegenation laws chicago, they were put on the books in the 1700s by most states and guess what, they have NEVER been retired from the books–these laws were a given until white women started demanding their mulatto children be recognized as half white–when the majority of mulattos had black mothers, this was not the case nor were any assertions to claiming their white genetics allowed.

        May 21, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • hispanic American mama

      Mulato is not used much anymore but it is reference to a mixture of Spanish and African genes.
      Meztizo is a term for Spanish and Native American mix also not used much anymore.
      There are white Hispanics like myself who do not consider themselves Latinos as we have no roots in Latin America but in Spain and directly to the US and so I am American first....I do not care about the change in demographics...I just want American children speaking English first and it is okay to be biligual but English should be the primary language for children and their parents....taxpayers should not be forking out money to educate people in foreign tongues if you live in the US you learn in English and you educate yourself in English and you do business in English and keep your second and third languages at home and for later as it will benefit you after college.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
      • queenbee10

        Mulatto was a term coined by and used by white Americans to describe a person who was 50% black and 50% white, the next term was a quadroon indicating 75% white and 25% black and then an octaroon which was 85% white and 15% black–after that, by law a person could call themselves white due to having less than 10% black blood.

        If Hispanics thought Mulatto referred to a Hispanic African mixture it is probably due to them copying the terms of the Americans and being that their majority was automatically Hispanic, they coined the phrase to suit them–but we have to keep in mind that Hispanics are by definition already of mixed races–being indigenous native American and some sort of white European that speaks Spanish as a first language.

        May 21, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • ian

      do you actually know what your genetic heritage is? have you had a test? hehehe, you might be surprise, sweetie ; )

      May 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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