An Interesting Spin on Hispanic Data #Hispanic #diversity

More Hispanics are declaring themselves white. I know, it surprised me too, but that was the title of a New York Times piece I read this week by Nate Cohn.LatinoHeritage3

My first thought was, really? When I think of Hispanic minorities, the first adjective that pops to mind is ethnic pride. The many subgroups in this demographic have fought vocally and with dignity to preserve their language and customs. Yet according to the 2010 census many of these Americans had different answers for census questions about race and ethnicity. Since the 2000 census some 1.2 million of the 35 million who identified as “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin,” switched to “white.” Continue reading “An Interesting Spin on Hispanic Data #Hispanic #diversity”

Should We Get Rid of the Term #Minority? #diversity #language

I got a tweet from Patricia Duarte last week. She read my last blog on using social media to reach minorities, and suggested that we “start by nixing the term “minorities” from your vocabulary. It’s pejorative and increasingly inaccurate.”

Well, Patricia, I agree. It will soon be completely inaccurate thanks to demographic shifts that are quickly moving minorities to majorities.

However, pejorative, to be fair, is a matter of opinion and context. The term minority certainly began badly. It was a clear cut signal for “less than,” whether that meant intelligence, skill, political power or socio-economic clout. It was also representative of number in many contexts. But things have changed, quite a bit for the better, and those demographic shifts I mentioned have almost single handedly trumped any and every association with less than. Continue reading “Should We Get Rid of the Term #Minority? #diversity #language”