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Re: CHAT: US ancestry [was Re: FWD [OT but interesting] Arctic people seek common alphabet]

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, August 18, 2002, 23:51
On Fri, 16 Aug 2002 02:48:58 -0500 "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>
> Perhaps most curious of all about these two lists is the glaring > nce of some category to represent African Americans', Hispanics' > and many Asians' ancestries, who seem to be lumped into an "Other > groups" category with a whopping 83,110,113 people in it, while > Germans and French both have three categories, and Scots have two. > Since there are around 35 million African Americans, and 32 million > Hispanics, both of these are good contenders for being the largest > ethnic group in the US. (Some of these figures are surely out of > date, since when the 2000 census figures actually came in, they > realized there were about 11 million more people living in the US > than they had estimated that same year, the 1990s being the most > explosive decade of population growth in America's history.) > Thomas Wier
- Where are these lists from? If i remember correctly my filling out the census form, i was suprised at the sheer number of subdivisions within the "Hispanic" and "(East/South-)Asian" categories, while in contrast everyone whose ancestors came from the large and varied area roughly bounded by Iceland, Morocco, Iran, and (European) Russia were all lumped together into the cateogry "White" (or maybe "Caucasian"). -Stephen (Steg) "why'd ya have to go and make things so complicated?" ~ avril levigne


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>