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More readers' thoughts on the term 'minorities'

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A palette of shades beyond Crayola "peach."

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?




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Is it time for a term to replace 'minorities?'

Photo by Brandy Shaul/Flickr (Creative Commons)

A palette of shades beyond Crayola "peach."

Sometime in July 2010, non-Latino white babies in the United States ceased to be the majority of new births, with children born to black, Latino, Asian and other parents of color accounting for more than 50 percent of children younger than one last year.

And it begs the question: Do we keep calling these kids, and the racial and ethnic groups they belong to, "minorities?"

It's a conversation that's been brewing online since news of the historic demographic shift broke last week. One reader sent this tweet to me and another reporter who covered the story:

"As minority babies become majority, we can stop calling them 'minority babies.' Yes?"

Long before the latest census news, there's been back-and-forth over whether "minority" is still even relevant as groups considered minorities have grows in size and influence. In a follow-up last week, Rinku Sen of the social advocacy magazine

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