06/19/2013 12:04 pm ET

What 'White' And 'Hispanic' Mean To The Census Bureau When Defining A Majority-Minority America


The Census Bureau released its latest population data last week, providing a portrait of the nation through July of 2012. Among the most interesting findings was that, for the first time, deaths among white Americans exceeded births. While this does not mean, of course, that white people are about to disappear, it is nonetheless a harbinger of the vast race-ethnic changes that are leading us inexorably toward a majority-minority nation by around the year 2043. It’s also a fascinating testament to the complex, variegated ways in which Americans understand the concept of race.

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