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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

More readers' thoughts on the term 'minorities'

A palette of shades beyond Crayola "peach."
A palette of shades beyond Crayola "peach." Photo by Brandy Shaul/Flickr (Creative Commons)

A post recently asked readers to weigh in on a conversation that's been around for a while, but which became bigger this month after new census data revealed that non-Latino white babies in the United States are no longer the majority of new births.

Now that children born to black, Latino, Asian and other parents of color make up more than 50 percent of kids under the age of one, is the term "minorities" still relevant? Readers sent in their thoughts, which I posted last week. But more readers have chimed in since. Here's what they had to say.

Guest 3792 wrote:



How is the term "people of color" not seen as derogatory toward those it excludes? Wouldn't that frame whites as "people without color"?

And there was this quip from Rael:


We can be called the "Still Oppressed Despite the Numbers" people?





Followed by this from a sensible Kaycalwallace:


Ditch the inappropriate use of "minority" & substitute "non-white".

Although that's a tough one too, since many Latinos check the "white" box on census forms, even though "white" in the U.S. has a different connotation. But that's another story.

Here's one of the original stories on the new babies of color.


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