January 24, 2014

In 2014, Latinos will surpass whites as largest racial/ethnic group in California

FT_14.01.24_Latino_population_200pxAccording to California Governor Jerry Brown’s new state budget, Latinos are projected to become the largest single racial/ethnic group in the state by March of this year, making up 39% of the state’s population. That will make California only the second state, behind New Mexico, where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the plurality, meaning they are not more than half but they comprise the largest percentage of any group.

California’s demographers also project that in mid-2014, the state’s residents will be 38.8% white non-Hispanic, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5.8% black non-Hispanic, and less than 1% Native American. But the state’s demographics in 2014 are very different from what they had been. In 2000, California’s 33.9 million residents were 46.6% white non-Hispanic, 32.3% Latino, 11.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6.4% black non-Hispanic and about 1% Native American. In 1990, white non-Hispanics made up more than half (57.4%) of the state’s then 29.7 million residents, while 25.4% of Californians were Latino, 9.2% were Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7.1% were black non-Hispanic and about 1% were Native American.

This 2014 demographic milestone will arrive about eight months later than the state originally expected. Last year, California’s Department of Finance demographers projected that the Latino population would match the non-Hispanic white population in size by mid-2013.

But as birth rates among Hispanics have slowed (as they have nationally for Latinos and the overall U. S. population with the recession), the state this month readjusted its projection to March 2014. When this milestone occurs, it will mark the first time since California became a state in 1850 that Latinos are the Golden State’s single largest racial or ethnic group. 

With more than 14 million Hispanic residents, California has the nation’s largest Hispanic population. But only in California and New Mexico will Hispanics be the largest racial or ethnic population (in New Mexico, Hispanics make up 47% of the state’s population).

Texas may be next. According to Pew Research Center tabulations from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, in 2012 there were 10 million Latinos and 11.6 million non-Hispanic whites living in Texas, making up 38.2% and 44.4%, respectively, of the state’s 26.1 million residents. By contrast, in 2000, Latinos made up 31.9% and white non-Hispanics made up 52.4% of the state’s 20.8 million residents. These numbers indicate the Hispanic population is growing more quickly than the non-Hispanic white population—since 2000 Hispanics have made up 63.5% of the Lone Star state’s population growth.

After Texas, though, it’s unlikely any other state will follow any time soon. Florida’s 4.5 million Hispanics—the third largest Hispanic state population—make up just 23.2% of all Floridians, while white non-Hispanics make up 56.8%. In Arizona, Hispanics make up 30.2% of the state’s population, and non-Hispanic whites make up 56.9%. And in Nevada, the state’s 753,000 Hispanics make up 27.3% of the state’s population compared with white non-Hispanics’ 52.8%.

What’s the only other state where non-Hispanic whites are not the largest racial or ethnic group?  Hawaii. The Rainbow state is the only state in which Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders are the largest racial/ethnic group. Of the state’s 1.4 million residents, just 22.8% are non-Hispanic white, but nearly half (46.1%) are Asian American or Pacific Islander.

Topics: Hispanic/Latino Demographics

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    is director of Hispanic research at Pew Research Center.

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  1. Byron4 weeks ago

    First, I’m spanish and I don’t speak english as well as I would like… :))
    The terms “hispanic” and “latino” refers to the same. It’s like saying that you’re “californian” and your are “american” All hispanics are latinos, but not all latinos are hispanic, the same way all californians are americans, but not all americans are californians.
    “Hispano” comes from the word “Hispania”, that was how the roman conquerors called what nowadays is the territory of Spain and Portugal. And the term “Latino” comes from these Romans, because they spoke Latin, and when they conquered the “Ibers”, that were the tribes that before the Romans came, lived in Spain and Portugal, they brought their language to us.
    If you search for it in spanish wikipedia, the word “latino” refers to all people who have a native language derived from Latin. That means that French, Italians, Spaniards and Romanies, ARE LATINOS, because they spoke languages that derived from the Latin the Romans brought with them, such as French, Italian, Spanish or Romanian.
    In Europe we are white, but with differences. In Scandinavian countries, they are taller, have blonder hair and light eyes, while in Southern Europe (Spain, south of French, Portugal, Italy, Greece) we tend to be shorter, and have darker hair and eyes, but the colour of our skin is the same. Only in the south of Southern Europe, that regions that are nearest to Africa, there are people who have a darker skin tone. People of central/north Europe ( UK, Germany, North of France, Holland, etc..) there is a mixture of both. But anyway, all Europe has been a mixture of people all over the history. For example, If you look for a percentage of blond people in Europe, you will find that in Spanish region of Galicia, there are more blond people that in many regions of Germany… It depends on many facts.
    In South America, there were native people when the spanish conquerors arrived. They had a brown skin and distinctive facial features. Just like the native indians in North America. But there were MANY MORE natives in South America than in North America, and the (white) spanish conquerors had relations with some of them (and killed thousands of them….), and then the “mestizos” appeared.
    Nowadays, people of South America is a mixture of descendents of southern European white people, mestizos, and native south-american indians. So saying that Hispanic, or Latino, is a race, is a MISTAKE. There could be three different races. I’ll put an example with famous people: Gerard Piqué (Football Club Barcelona player) or Pau Gasol (NBA player) are white, Eva Longoria (Desperate housewives’s actress) is “mestiza” and Evo Morales (president of Bolivia) is indian descendent. They all are Hispanic, but they have clearly different skin tone (white and mestizos) and facial features (indian descendents)

    “Hispano” comes from the word “Hispania”, that was how the roman conquerors called what nowadays is the territory of Spain and Portugal.

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  2. American Interest4 weeks ago

    After reading this: I am Anglo Saxon (White) so, I am the minority in California. So, I will argue EVERY time I hear Hispanics are minority because they aren’t. Now White people should fight for minority rights at EVERY turn.

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    1. Joyce2 weeks ago

      I am a Dinaric-Mid Atlantic islander (also white), but I’m also a Hispanic. So that makes me a majoritarian minority?

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    2. Madison4 days ago

      Just because the Hispanic population is increasing in numbers and will surpass the White population in California, it does not mean that people identified as Hispanic have an advantage over those identified as White. So as far as your statement that Whites should fight for minority rights at EVERY turn, you are certainly free to do as you wish (after all it is a free country), but as a suggestion, do not waste your energy in “fighting for rights” you think you have lost based soley on population numbers. In reality, Whites still dominate all top level positions in all industries, highest number attending and graduating college, and receiving the highest federal and state assistance. Please check your statistics (I suggest selecting a few other Pew Hispanic Research reports) in other sources since Hispanics (although high in population numbers in California and a few other states) do not have full inclusion rights and/or gains in the education, workforce, or leadership pipelines. Unlike Whites in Califfornia, Hispanics are underrepresented in high school graduation rates, college entrance, college graduation, graduate attainment degrees, doctoral degrees, higher education faculty, and top management and leadership positions in all fields (education, Fortune 500 companies, etc.). So, yes, of course “fight for your rights” be your best advocate, but know that Whites may me the minority in numbers in California but they are overrepresented in every position of power in every field–therefore, we as Whites, do not fully feel the impact of being a true minority with all the setback that may bring. Good luck in your endeavors though.

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  3. steven1 month ago

    These numbers will change once we all decided on Latino or a name to group up with. Most of our people are shades of brown the name is for them because we accept our mixed culture. Our white Hispanics will catch on, so will our black and Asian ones. This is for family we need equal representation. This would not be a problem if the white government didn’t label people first as Mexican Americans after the war with mexico. Then asking for only pure whites. With non-Hispanic in quotations. It depends on the person in my family my dad is a white Hispanic and my mom is more native American, but her grandfather was a German Mexican. I would rather say Latino, because I’m mixed or even Mexican since I have a Spanish surname. I can’t get anymore white washed, Latino is American first. Hispanic sounds as if foreigners and from Spain only. Our Mexican history is longer than any Englishman by hundreds of years. Our culture is more accepting to diversity and We don’t really have a name for mestizos in America so I say Latino. Food and history is what we share not really language.

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  4. Gerald2 months ago

    So???Germany allows non White immigrants into its territory, that is why its white percentage is falling.
    On the other hand Argentina had almost exclusively White immigration until the 90s.1970s Argentina was basically 99% White because ONLY WHITES MOVED TO ARGENTINA THEN.
    Today,Amerindians and Mestizos from Paraguay and Bolivia make up 60% of Argentine immigrants.However, most are temporary migrants and not permanent settlers. On the other hand the. Whites entering Argentina are usually permanent settlers.Like most Bolivian Whites and young Italians.

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  5. Gerald2 months ago

    Actually Argentina is between 85 to 97% White and 3 to 15% Mestizo.
    And, Buenos Aires has large Bolivian and Paraguayan immigrant communities thus it is less white (say 75% White) than the rest of Argentina.
    Cordoba for example in Central Argentina is nearly 100% White and many towns in Patagonia are not only 100% White but often Whites of 1 ethnicity.Like Entre Rios has a German majority with Spaniards and Italians who make up a Majority in Argentina being a small minority.There are places in Argentina where Mestizos do not exist.To most Argentines, Diversity is the multiple White ethnic groups that they have.Not Racial groups .

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  6. Larry “Professor” Bean2 months ago

    The Percentage of Blacks in California are around about the same as for Jews, yet the Jews hold both U.S. Senate seats and many Congressional seats in SoCal. We need to have diversity within the Democratic Party. Black lives do matter.

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  7. Joe Garagio2 months ago

    Despite being a numerical majority, Hispanics continue to remain a lightweight in political and economic life in California compared to Whites and Asians. Asians in particular outshine Latinos in California, particularly in Northern California, Asians tend to thrive in the technology industry, tend to have average high incomes and work in high paid professions. Asian students are well represented in all the UC universities and at Stanford.
    The only impact of this news that I see is that those who are against immigrants will use this as their justification to discriminate against further immigration. Its not going to elevate the social status of people who identify themselves as Hispanics
    What I see is that small elite of wealthy have a disproportionate share of the wealth in California and much of the middle class is struggling to survive or just disappearing, but this trend is all over the USA.
    California is no longer the model of the American dream, its not the warm bucolic paradise that it once what was, its major urban areas are over-developed, its public schools are failing, its plagued with crime and gangs, it is a Dystopian Blade Runner type corporate fascist police state.
    Another thing I find confusing here is “Spanish” ancestry, Spanish people are Europeans who racially not much different than people from Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, most of the residents of California when it was part of Mexico were indigenous Natives mixed with Spanish not European Spaniards.

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    1. Larry “Professor” Bean2 months ago

      You are right about the Asians in the taxpayer funded colleges and universities in California. The Asians(but not by way of limitation) make up a disproportionate share. This goes against the Democratic Party principle of diversity. We need to have affirmative action quotas so all races and ethnic backgrounds will be represented not in excess of their population. We need to put a stop to institutionalized racism and tell the party that we will not stand for it any longer. We are a one party state in California and using the excuse “the Republicans(aka Devil ) made me do it” will no longer fly. There are no longer any Republicans to blame for our problems in California.

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      1. American Interest4 weeks ago

        @Larry “Professor” Bean,; I don’t understand your mentality. Really I don’t. So, you are saying the Democratic Party has most all their effort into diversity? Who is putting all the effort into diversity? Who? I live in East LA and Mexicans are not at all (at all) trying to make sure there are more White people involved here. They like it just being Mexican. I don’t see Blacks in the Black areas making sure more White people are involved……..it’s VERY hard to get a job being a White person and also I will go so far as to say; when attending ELA college one of the teachers were not fair to me when giving me a ‘C’ when I honestly should have gotten an A or at least a B+. It was ridiculous. So, you are saying White people need to stick up for Blacks & Latinos (and by the way, Latinos are not the minority here) but Blacks & Latinos can disrespect White people all the time. I don’t buy into that. I am not a Republican. I am a realist. and I live in the real World. People who STILL are saying that Whites should bend over backwards to be diverse is only being destructive and disrespecting the cultures of Whites. And it’s pathetic.

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  8. Stephen Lee Byrd4 months ago

    One factual mishap: While it is true that Hispanics lost control in (Alta) California in the 1848-1850 period, a white demographic plurality/majority did not occur until 1878-1880, after the railroads from the Midwest were completed and a lot more immigration had occurred.
    In more general, what you present needs to be a lot more widely disseminated. Most people I mention this to are surprised, it sounds extravagent to them and they disbelieve me. People so want to cling on to their 20th Century conceptions!

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  9. Ralph McKenzie4 months ago

    I cannot stress enough, how much Hispanics hate to be called “LATINo”. Drop the “LATINo” nonsense. Hispanics speak Spanish, not Latin.

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    1. Enrique Cruz3 months ago

      Sorry but I am “Latino” and embrace the cultural reference quite dearly, thank you.

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    2. Juan Carlos Rey de Miami3 months ago

      Spanish is a Latin language, by the way.

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    3. Sniper3 months ago

      You didn’t speak to everyone. Sorry my man. Speaking of genera.lization

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    4. Joyce2 weeks ago

      I like neither term.

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  10. Ralph McKenzie4 months ago

    Hispanic is not a race or a colour. You have no idea how much some Hispanics get pissed off when the media refers to Hispanics as “Brown” or as “People of colour”.

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    1. Joyce2 weeks ago

      I’m one of those, especially since I’ve met many “whites’ who are much darker than me…yet I’m (from PR) supposedly the “person of color”? If by color they meant something resembling a mix of ivory and beige, then I’d be a person of color. However, that’s not the color the media is talking about.

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  11. Corrine5 months ago

    Hispanic is a term created by a democratic politician as a calculated way to group a large population of people in the U.S. for political reasons that would benefit the Democratic party. I am considered hispanic, but I am of mixed European background: Spanish, French, and German. I have a Spanish last name. Most people are quite surprised when they find out I’m hispanic because I “look” white! Its because I am white. My family has always considered us caucasian. My mother’s sisters have very light brown hair, blue eyes, and Spanish last names. The word Hispanic is not accurate at all anyway to describe people from Mexico, South America , and Central America. Hispanic comes from the word Hispania which is what “Spain” used to be called during the time of the Romans. Why is it necessary anyway to break down the races and ethnicities in the U.S. Why aren’t we all just Americans. I grew up very close to a girl who wascfrom Argentina. Her mother was Spanish decent, her father was Italian decent, but they never referred to themselves as Spanish or Italian! They always, always just referred to themselves as Argentinian. Why can’tawe just all refer to ourselves as Americans. If an Italian-American goes to Italy and says he is Italian, they will laught at him and say “no, you are not Italian you are American! “

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    1. Bryan Dennis4 months ago

      Well, it would be nice to think that everyone could just get along by defining themselves as Americans. BUT what does it mean to be an American? American’s since the founding of this country have had a very homogenous society. Racially, culturally, Religiously and consequently have had a strong sense of unity. This country has been 90% Causasian of ethnic European decent and Christian up until 1965, the year that our immigration policy changed. Americans are these people, the culture and values they had were expressed in the constitution. THAT’S what an American is. Why don’t people just consider themselves American then? Well, they don’t identify themselves as American first. They are Black(insert minority) first, and insist on keeping their black identity. They INSIST on having their own culture, their own values and their own interests. Some minority’s don’t even share the values enshrined in the Constitution. Our Muslim population for instance. The problem is they AREN’T Americans, DON’T WANT to be American’s because they DON’T WANT to share the common culture, religion and values. I don’t care whether you have a piece of paper that says you’re a citizen. If you don’t come here to be apart of what we created in its entirety, don’t leave behind you’re “ethic diversity” and are simply here for a better life economically without taking on the culture and values that were responsible in creating the prosperity you’ve come for.. Then you’ll always be “diverse” AS IN DIFFERENT and will inevitably destroy this country and its prosperity. As has been the trend since 1965. Diversity is not a strength, it is our greatest weakness. Unity, common language, values and a shared identity is what DEFINES a country. These commonalities define a people and its around these people that you draw the border of your nation. America is breaking apart along the lines of this diversity and when the economy reaches low enough, the lines end up being redrawn. You’ll see the Hispanics calling for the southwest back, since they believe it was stolen during the Spanish American War. Why? They identify themselves as apart due to their language and cultural differences and want their own country or unify with Mexico. California is now over 50% Hispanic.. We’ll see how long it takes but once they have established an overwhelming majority, you’ll see it happen. You on the other hand, are white, despite how politics label you for their benefit, and you identify as an American because of our shared ethnic and cultural heritage. If you ask a Mexican, and he’s honest, I think you’ll find he will tell you who he identifies with. Mexicans.

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    2. Sniper3 months ago

      I think Corrine could be Hispanic and not Latino, because of European background.

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    3. B.Great3 weeks ago

      EXCELLENT. Agreed.

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  12. rick collins6 months ago

    Hi Mark ,

    When I examined the 2010 US Census stats on folks who were enumerated as Black alone or in combination with another race, the Black population is listed as 13.4% to just under 14%. The Pew Hispanic Center itself once quoted or displayed figures from the Census Bureau which stated that a\the average age of individuals who were listed as multiracial Black in combination with another race to be – 14-16 yrs old! Person who self-identifies as Black – “wholly or in part- makes as much a cultural/personal/social statement as someone who checks off Irish/Italian/Latino etc.

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  13. BiasedLiberalDoubleStandards6 months ago

    Why are Mexicans brown ‘n proud when they’re good citizens but labeled white in crime statistics by the FBI?

    Why is this article calling them a seperate race?

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  14. Aliza H6 months ago

    Many Latinos and Hispanics are white so shouldn’t it read “non-Latinos or non-Hispanics.” I realize it is not as catchy but it is more accurate. I am mixed race Dominican of mostly European, African, Native, Middle Eastern and Asian ancestry living in LA.

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    1. hello people6 months ago

      Me too! I don’t get it!

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    2. Latino in America6 months ago

      Latinos are mixed ethnic peoples from the Americas. Hispanics are Iberians. Spain=Hespania. There is no such thing as “white” or “black”. This is an invention meant to divide. I am LATINO.

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      1. Tyler5 months ago

        It is not meant to divide. It is meant for simplicity in statistics. If instead you listed people by every single one of the hundreds of nationalities how confusing would that be. Whites are supposed to be any person who’s ancestors originate from Europe. Blacks are supposed to be any person who’s ancestors originate from Africa.

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    3. Sniper3 months ago

      You my friend, would hard to pidgin hole. Thanks for sharing

      M Uncle filled out a job application. We he came to the section that asked what race, he put, THE HUMAN RACE.

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  15. gggd6 months ago

    it doesn’t matter what race we are we are all kids of the same god

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    1. hello people6 months ago

      Yes we are, we are All the Human Race and we All come from the same GOD!

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      1. ddmmrr5 months ago

        Yes we are. We all evolved from chimps and emigrated from Africa within the last 50,000 years.

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  16. Bryan7 months ago

    Ive had it with CA. I’m getting as far away form this place as possible. Their racism against other groups is starting to be intolerable. Now I know how life was for minority’s back in the early 1900s. I’m ok with them having more kids then they can afford but because of it crime has been on the increase out here for years with no end in sight. I always here a few of them say “Where taking over”. Maybe that’s true for now but even god would have had enough eventually and would make it so that more Hispanic boys are being born then girls.

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    1. TheUnknown6 months ago

      I am really sorry i find it wrong that some of our spanish brothers say that i am dominican and i dont like it just because we are growing doesn’t mean we can step on others and make them feel bad i am not like that i think that what makes american special is not the race but it is everyone united and combined we can share languages culture food music dances and so much more the population or races dont even matter and the people that say “We are taking over” think they are the best but that doesn’t represent all of us because i am not like that some people are ignorant -_- i am really sorry Lo siento :(

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    2. Sniper3 months ago

      Bryan,’we’re not taking over,we’re it back.’

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  17. Jason8 months ago

    I’d like to know why Hispanics and Latinos are all lumped together? They aren’t all the same race and they don’t all come from the same culture. The largest ethnic group in California might be Hispanics but the largest racial group in California are still whites because Hispanic is not a race.

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    1. james8 months ago

      bc most are mixed race and it would be too hard to put down each percent of what they are. Most are a mix of some type of native American/white and maybe a bit black. All mixes will vary in proportionate but if they are enough white to look white then they usually just call themselves white.

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      1. luigee7 months ago

        Not all Hispanics are mixed. Many are actually 100% and don’t just look it. For example, Mexico’s population is about 10% pure white. Other Latin countries have higher percentages of White Hispanics. Argentina is about 97% White. It varies. If you include White Hispanics with Non-Hispanic Whites, then Whites are still the Majority by at least 5-10%

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        1. Si como no.6 months ago

          “Argentina is about 97% White” thats BS, maybe buenos aires (porteños) but the rest are mestizo, not even Germany has a percentage of whites that high!.

          answers.yahoo.com/question/index…

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          1. hello people6 months ago

            Yes it does! Stop making stuff up!

    2. Nolan8 months ago

      Wow, irony. White isn’t a race either but the gov’t still marks us as White or Hispanic.

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      1. David7 months ago

        Exactly!

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    3. Charles the fifth7 months ago

      In California Hispanic and Latino means the same thing.

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    4. Ralph Jr7 months ago

      It goes something like this: White, Black, Hispanic Spanish or Latino is the same as far as im concerned. So, theres goes my check mark as Hispanic no matter if you are white, black, mestizo, aborigen, mulato or wathever you call yourself. Lately i noticed in Florida have eliminated that option. Last time i visited the Sheriffs office for some fingerprints the official noticed i was having a hard time figuring out the race since Hispanic was not available that she looked at me and just marked Caucasian….sometimes i mark the black or Native American but never Caucasian. Im very confused.

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      1. hello people6 months ago

        Why are you confused?

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        1. celeste4 months ago

          I went in to get fingerprints too and found myself confused and offended. Why can’t I say I’m Hispanic/Latino– Mexican-American!
          I’m not white, black, Native American….or other! I know who I am and I want to say it! Yes, I’m upset!

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    5. steven1 month ago

      Its more about history and food. The Mexican we able to mix and form new races and a culture bases on diversity hundreds of years before the first English colonies. Its just like the English being taken over by the Scandinavians. Eroupenans can’t be real race either but its much more than that right? I mean the Spanish are still eroupenans. We need congressional representation. Latino are Americans and not just from the united stated. From Greenland to south America natives. It’s not about language. Mexico has a bunch of different ones.

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  18. Sheila8 months ago

    It’s funny how Governor Jerry Brown made that statement about the population of latinos in California when he is partly responsible for them being here. By signing off on the dream act is what 100% why they are in california today. I have two questions for Jerry brown what are you doing for the native born California’s other than making them pay high taxes and paying for all of these illegal aliens education? What have you done for the veterans other than taxing their army retirement checks also to help pay for the education of illegal Aliens? When native born army retiree’s asked if state taxes can be eliminated from their checks you provided no response but yet you made sure that the Mexican and illegal aliens had the dream act. What a disgrace.

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    1. Cynthia Curran8 months ago

      That sounds like a typical right wing response, noticed Texas doesn’t have that many more whites and conservatives like yourself like Texas. What is Rick Perry doing for the white population that is poorer, nothing In fact Florida is the most white of the states but all I here is how great Texas is.

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    2. Jose8 months ago

      Good Job Jerry Brown keep up the good work..that’s right I love your last name (BROWN) Not white or black BROWN…

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    3. Enrique Cruz3 months ago

      I am a United States Marine Corps. veteran. My wife and I are both Marine Corps. combat vets. I am of Polynesian and Mexican decent and my wife is full blooded polynesian. Both of us feel that our U.S. Vets deserve to be assisted in any way possible before any illegal gets government assistance. It’s not fare that my wife’s cousins and their families have invested years of time and thousands of dollars into getting them here to the states LEGALLY, while others just take the quick way, come here illegally and people say they should expect the same benefits as those that have spent the time and energy to do it correctly. It’s also not fare that my wife, toddler daughter and I have to starve and be homeless for over a year before OUR government would assist us because there were to many illegal and poor immigrants (that weren’t prepared to move here when they did) that had priority over us. When we applied for assistance the government offered us $11 a month in food stamps. Can you believe that, “Here your go American family of three (with a baby) who both parents put your lives on the line for us… Here is $11 dollars a month of food stamps and nothing ells; because, I had an (almost full time) MINIMUM wage job that didn’t even pay our motel rent in whole, much less our Car, Gas, Car insurance, cell phone, food and medical bills. It’s just not fare that our American public is paying for the failures of foreign governments that have their people abandoning their homelands in order to thrive off of our developments that have taken the American people hundreds of years and countless lives to develop. I love my peoples both ethnically speaking (Mexican/Latino and Polynesian) and nationally speaking (American); however, America needs to take care of Americans before we can take care of others. I say, lets clean up OUR act FIRST, then try and help others to clean up theirs; NOT VICE VERSA!

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  19. Rob8 months ago

    How is this possible? How can PEW publish such wrong information?

    Most Hispanics are of the white race, so the white population is NOT decreasing.

    The Anglo ethnic whites are decreasing relative to Hispanic whites.

    Come on. You guys have to know this.

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    1. james8 months ago

      actually most hispanics are a mix of native american and spanish in different proprtions. If they are like 75% or more percent white they usually just put white. You would be right if you were including those also mixed with native blood as white

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      1. Armando8 months ago

        Actually, most LATINOS are of differeing ethnic/racial backgrounds. Why don’t you get your information correct before perpetuating ignorance. Hispanics are ALL white. Brown and black Latinos identifying as Hispanics that are actually people of color are doing so incorrectly. Hispanics are whites from Spain and other southwest European countries, though they can also be decedents from Hispanics living in Mexico. Latinos aren’t a single race. There are black Latinos, white Latinos(Hispanics), and brown Latinos, so the information on the racial percentages of California are confusing. Hispanic and Latino aren’t interchangeable. You CAN be a Hispanic Latino but Latino doesn’t necessarily mean one is Hispanic. That being said, most non-Hispanic Latinos identify as Hispanic because they’re ignorant and aren’t aware that Hispanics are really just Spanish-speaking whites. So, the population of whites—both Hispanic and non-Hispanic—could potentially be less then Latinos of color, since they, too, incorrectly identify as Latino. Please be aware that when I say “whites” I, indeed, mean to say Euro-Americans/Anglo-Americans.

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        1. Armando8 months ago

          Correction to typo: Since they, too, incorrectly identify as Hispanic**

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        2. luigee7 months ago

          Yes, James isnt’ being accurate. There are indeed White Hispanics / Latinos that never mixed with blacks or native Americans. The percentage varies from country to country in Latin America. Most Americans think that Hispanics are all brown (mixed). Many are shocked that White and Black Hispanics (and some Asian) exist.

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      2. Sharon2 months ago

        There is no PURE anything. We are all descended from an Ethiopian African man and woman. Almost all Mexicans have a Sub Saharan African DNA on average 7%. Even your precious Spaniards have 10% African DNA with 5% being Sub Saharan. I really wish more people would get DNA testing. These test only go back 400 years but if you take your raw data and upload it on Gedmatch.com you will get your ancestral DNA and people will be surprised to see how much Sub Saharan DNA we have. Stop with the PURE crap that’s what created Nazi thinking and God knows we don’t need anymore of that. We’re all brothers and sisters who all have African roots. I’m finding though that some Latinos can be more racist than whites. Don’t come over here with that racist superior crap because every race in this great country has made it what it is today, including Mexican Americans. Don’t bring hatred over here. The world has seen enough of that.

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    2. Luz7 months ago

      Your statement is factually bankrupt. Most “Hispanics” are not white. Hispanics are the people who inhabit the so called “New World” Mexico, Central and South America and also parts of the Caribbean. I have traveled to every part of Latin America and most people in that part of the world are “mestizo” meaning mixed, some variation of Native American African, European mix. The Native Indian genetic imprint is in some countries the largest component, added with heavy African admixture in places like Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico , Honduras, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica etc. The genetic European influences are only dominant in a few countries in South America… Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay Chile etc… Most of who we see on American city streets deemed Hispanic are Native American peoples with specs of Spanish blood, especially from Mexico. And even many Mexicans are ” “zambos” black and Indian mixed. I am Mexican and in my own family like in many Mexican families I have cousins who look black American as well as Indian and some even white. We are New World people like many African Americans who when they do their DNA find that they are African, Indian and white. We are brown, from dark to light brown in most cases and I think like many white Americans you are afraid of the “BROWNING “of this country. Hence your need to rush and place us in the WHITE BOX. Fear creates distortion and your post is a perfect example of this fact.

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  20. papa mike9 months ago

    I know and am friends with quite a lot of Hispanics. And it’s safe to say that I really enjoy being around them. It’s always a fun time. They’re so laid back and friendly. They do like to cut-up and have a good time poking fun at each other, which is fun to watch.

    It doesn’t bother me (as if my opinion counts) that the kids are reunited with their families. Keep out the gang bangers though.

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  21. Angie9 months ago

    Funny, no one complaints about the millions, yes millions of illegal British, Canadians and Germans who live in Florida and are illegally employed at restaurants or Germans who own business in Florida and do not pay taxes. This does hurt our economy.

    Should I go on? How about Chinese women in Brooklyn who are brought here illegally and have to pay back by selling movies, CD’s and counterfeits on the streets in order to pay their trip and room and board where they sleep on the floor along with twenty other women.

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    1. Johannes Schippers9 months ago

      Believe it or not, you barely see any europeans and if you do, theyre tourists. ALL you see are Hispanics.
      I don’t want to be racist, cuz i do have many hispanic friends and i like them and I am white.

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      1. david5 months ago

        Agree.

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    2. Cynthia Curran8 months ago

      True, but Texas has more people employed here illegality than Florida but few on the right are honest. They just use California all the time. Here’s the population estimates of illegal immigrant in each state,California I think actually lost some since the birth rates are dropping its probably around 2.5 million , Texas is second with 1.7 million and Florida is only 700,000.

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  22. Charles Grapes9 months ago

    At what point will it be required that all native born Americans (white and black) learn to speak, read nd write Spanish?

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    1. Trail9 months ago

      That will happen after 218 members of the House of Representatives AND 51 Senators pass a bill requiring spanish fluency, AND it is signed by the sitting President, AND is held as Constitutional by the US Supreme Court. This is 6th grade civics, and we are ostensibly grown ups who, despite paranoid rhetoric and ignorant talk radio, know exactly what it takes before some oppressive law is forced upon everyone.
      Here is a review:
      google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&#…

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      1. Sheila8 months ago

        Yeah right you tell me what 40-60 year old need learn Spanish at this late game? You have to learn this language when you are young

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    2. Sheila8 months ago

      Never the United States is a English speaking country they don’t have to if I went to Mexico or any other foreign national country I would have to learn your language. The america people are smart they would not come to your home and claim it, they will come with money, to help them survive until they can get a job, or own a business. But do you really think that Mexico going to allow black and white people to own businesses there? Will Mexico have free programs set up and pay there taxes for our children to get an education? I don’t think so.

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      1. Armando8 months ago

        Black and white people DO own buisnesses in Mexico, because black Latinos and white Latinos actually exist.. People don’t seem to understand that Mexico is as much a melting pot as the U.S., with African, European, Asian, and indigenous people living there. And yes, Mexico does have programmes that help those in need. Keep in mind the lower-class primarily consists of indigenous, mixed, and African Latinos.

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      2. Rebecca7 months ago

        Sheila – my parents in-law both spoke Spanish as their first language, and both, with the exception of one German ancestor from the early 1800s, have ancestors all of who were in this country before Jamestown and the Mayflower.
        And as for Mexico, my brother lives in Mexico and can own a business there.

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      3. david5 months ago

        Agree.

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      4. steven1 month ago

        California already has a few bilingual schools. Parents group up. Is better for economic reasons since we are a border state and expect to a least travel.

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    3. JCC6 months ago

      That would be great. Most Europeans speak at least 2 languages fluently. It would be great to have our kids all be bilingual. Canada has been very successful educating their kids to be bilingual in English and French.

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      1. Charles Grapes3 months ago

        Sorry, but all citizens in Canada do not speak both English and French.

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  23. Pinoche9 months ago

    Looking white and being genetically white are two different things. I’m black and have mixed ancestry, as do most black Americans.That is why we come in a variety of skin colors, hair textures, hair colors, eye colors, facial features, and body structures.We are the products of MGM (Multi-Generational Miscengination).

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    1. Sheila8 months ago

      I agree

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    2. Sheila8 months ago

      I agree with you I am black with mixed ancestory

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  24. Jack10 months ago

    what about latinos who are white (of european descent)??

    not all hispanics/latinos are mestizos

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    1. nicole accardi10 months ago

      hispanics are considered white racially, only ethnically are they considered hispanic.

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    2. john sacramento9 months ago

      In North America Hispanics, in my experience, are typically considered “honorary” Caucasians. Racially they are mostly of Indian (Native American} ancestry.

      The Conquistadors came as solders is search of gold and silver to ship back to Spain, and priests seeking to expand the realm of the (Catholic) Church. Soldiers and (Catholic) priests didn’t leave many decedents.

      Mexicans of European ancestry are most often of Italian ancestry–descended from the large number of immigrants who fled Italian poverty for the Americas. They arrived in Mexico (and the United States) toward the end of the 19th century {late 1800’s} and the start of the 20th century (early 1900’s}. Also, many shop keepers in northern Mexico, although culturally Mexican, are actually of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

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      1. Angie8 months ago

        Throughout history many Europeans went to Mexico not just Italians. A small amount of Italians, Germans, and etc settled in Mexico when comparing the amounts to the Spaniards amounts. Spaniards were the majority of Europeans to settle in Mexico.

        On a different note, just because an American is tired of spending their hard earned dollars on caring for illegals (All illegals…brown, yellow, white and whatever else there might be) doesn’t mean they are a “right winged”. That is a term invented by media, politicians and god knows who else. The majority of these people are average Joe’s of all races and all backgrounds. We work hard for a moderate pay, we love our country and what it stands for. We grew tired of not being heard and started to speak out. Now we are labeled. You are labeling the core of America.
        I can barely make ends meet , yet the government spends money without any concerns for the tax payers.

        Also, If you want to live in America, do it the way my grandparents did. They waited in line, went through the process, and they never took a dime from the tax payers. Yes America welcomes all, but you must come through the front door not sneak in from the sidelines.

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        1. BABYDOLLVPLOCAS7 months ago

          VERY WELL PUT. I AM HALF MEXICAN, A QUARTER NATIVE AMERICAN, AND A QUARTER GERMAN. {YEAH I KNOW WEIRD MIX} BUT ABOVE ALL, I AM AMERICAN. I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAID.

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          1. Richard Barragan7 months ago

            I consider myself a typical Mexican . I am 30 percent spanish 31 percent Native American 27 percent Italian and I or 2 percent Eng,lebon,Jew,fin and Island Boy. I have 14 brothers and seesters and we all have Rosary Beads hanging in our cars ! I also have a German/Irish wife that I have been with since 1989.

        2. Sniper3 months ago

          Angel, You tend to use illegal, very disparaging;
          The Cubans, who dashed to the US, after Fidel Castro, took over the corrupt Bautista Government, did not wait or stand in line. They came in through the back door, like the Vietnamese, and they as well did not wait or stand in line. Do you know how many illegal European enter the US via Canada— many!’. They have less man power to secure their boarder.
          Food for though: “\’ Christopher Columbus, could not have discovered America, he didn’t have a green card or immigration papers.’

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      2. luigee7 months ago

        I agree with Angie… Mexico had a huge influx of Spanish, Italians, Germans, and Irish and that immigration to Mexico started way before the 19th century. My Father is White Mexican with Blonds and Redheads in the family. About 10% of Mexico is racially White. About 80% is Mestizo, and 10% Native American.

        Other countries in Latin America have higher percentages of racially Whites with Argentina being 97% White.

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        1. Si como+no.6 months ago

          Argentina 97% White? lel nop. Not even Germany has a percentage of Whites that high.

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      3. Charles the+fifth7 months ago

        Lol! Caucasian mexican are mostly descended from colonist that came during th colonia era . Italian/ mexican number a few thousand only.

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    3. Sheila8 months ago

      I don’t believe any of that

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    4. Sheila8 months ago

      They are not of white decent unless the mother is married to a white man and even then they are an mixed decent not fully white. Europeans to me are very fair colored Mexicans, Italians, people from Central America etc are very brown skinned whites cannot get that brown tan without sun tan lotion so Mexicans Latinos are not white and they will tell you in a minute they are Latino.

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      1. Charles the+fifth7 months ago

        I think your confusing the term “white” with “Nordic”.

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  25. jo11 months ago

    I’m curious if these statistics came from actual legal citizenship or if the immigrants are taken into consideration as well.

    I have no issues with the growing mexican population, but my concern is that fact that I am a California native, tax paying citizen, with no dependents, going to college to better myself, and am denied all benefits that my country created specifically for supporting its loyal american citizen.

    I pay taxes, I work, I am legitimately from this country and am struggling to keep my head above water in this economy. According to the federal government, I don’t work enough to receive the benefits I indirectly pay for, the benifits illegal imigrants of all nationality get to use when they have children.

    Referendum; once was loyal american citizen.
    F this country I’m moving to Europe.

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    1. Gitanea10 months ago

      Jo- I understand your issue as it is very similar to Florida, and this site is off by about 10 million in Florida alone. I do have very bad news for you as far as Europe goes, please do your research because Europe, the entire Europe is now in shambles because of the same thing exact thing only different cultures. The first country to go was Greece, then Sweden and the UK and down the list. 48% of UK residents want to leave. chaoticness.com/will-civil-war-b…

      This is not about racism, this is about no assimilation. I understand the sentiment of many that say, we are all immigrants ect ect, but those that never lived in the 3rd world will never understand how the cultures differ. We are in trouble now and each year gets worse.

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  26. Sam11 months ago

    We are all Americans. Being American is not about race or ancestry. It is something that dwells in our hearts. It is something that draws people from all corners of the earth. It is the hope of freedom. This is what unites us. We are not united by race but by spirit. We are the United States of America. All that live in this nation are our brothers and sisters and our neighbors and our fellow countrymen without exception. We must live together. We must laugh together. We must mourn together. The color of skin and the accent of a voice are such petty things to use as tools of exclusion. Is your blood red? Is your heart filled with longing for peace, love, and joy? You are like me!

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    1. MikeO11 months ago

      Yeah sure. Except Americans don’t boo the American flag and the National anthem like was done in L.A. a while back. Latinos notoriously have more babies than they can afford and expect the taxpayer to pay for them. It’s the same formula in EVERY Central and South American country. Imploded economically by people continuing to have kids they can’t afford. Don’t think it will happen in the US? It already is. 1 out of every 2 Latino children in the US in on Medicaid. HALF of all births are paid by Medicaid. Who do you think is going to pay to raise that child? The parents? If you want to see where the US is headed economically, just look at any Central of South American country. A two class system full of corruption, gangs and mass slums.

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      1. Angie9 months ago

        I’ve live in Europe and I have lived in South America and I’m not aware of any country in South America that has a similar welfare system as the States.
        If you are referring to the recent soccer match, they were Mexican-Americans who booed which does make up for the whole Hispanic population.
        According to the department of Commerce 15.7% of Hispanics are recipients of welfare while 38.8 are whites.
        By the way, illegal children do not get a free education or did you think the landlord did not prorate school tax into their rent?
        I wonder where you got your information.

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      2. Sheila8 months ago

        I agree with you 100%

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      3. Cynthia Curran8 months ago

        Yes, but La kids population is dropping while Houston and Dallas kids populations are increasing and both Houston and Dallas have been known to also have high Hispanic immigrant populations. a County US Census 23.2 undser 18 and under and Houston.Harris County about 27.7 under the age of 18 and under. Latin Immigration increasing in Harris County Texass and deceasing in LA County from birth rate stats.

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      4. Sheila8 months ago

        Mike agree with you 100%

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      5. BABYDOLLVPLOCAS7 months ago

        UUHH HELLO! IVE SEEN JUST AS MUCH WHITE AND BLACK PEOPLE IN THE LINES AT THE WELFARE OFFICES. LATINOS CANT HELP IT IF THEY ARE THE RACE OF LOVE.

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  27. Rick11 months ago

    Not for long. Asians will surpass everyone. Here in San Gabriel there are birth hotels that’s cater to Asians because of the one child rule in china. Google it. Also not illegal

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    1. David10 months ago

      Rick, one thing you don’t understand is that these Chinese are upper class and care about the education and well being of their kids. The today’s reality in China is that most young people cannot afford to raise more kids, unlike in US, the government or society will take the responsibility for raising the kids.

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  28. Kelly Titus11 months ago

    The reason for the Hispanic population jump is because the census does not require legal documentation for their count to be valid. The illegal individuals from a foreign country are given all that I have worked my whole life to build for free. Welfare,Wic,Food stamps…Yes FOOD STAMPS, Cal Fresh really?,section 8 compensation to supplement rent, Free health insurance, free breakfast and lunch in school, an incentive to have children they can’t afford as free benifits increase. The Democrats have to pay people to get votes with freebies as they have no logical ideas ,everything is a giveaway. This has become such a huge problem that the republicans have to subvert their own platform and bow to the ever increasing minority and ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT FELONS . When the money runs out,and it will. inner city riots will ensue because some families have been on the freebie train for generations and think they entitled and everything should be free… The tipping point is just around the corner.

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    1. black Diamond11 months ago

      NO Kelly The CONSTITUTION requires an enumeration of all residents. Even though there are undocumented people in congressional Districts that are not citizens, they are counted and included in the maximum number of people in that district. So ALL people are represented in the district

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    2. Anonimus11 months ago

      you work for that?

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  29. Paul Martel Neuhausen12 months ago

    I am a native Los Angeleno, my Naturalized U.S. Citizen wife is from Peru and our daughter is now a 5th generation Californian. My Spanish is good and my wife has helped me to improve it with her Castellano-influenced New World dialect. We eat mainly beans, rice, vegetables at home (and break down for Pizza sometimes. My European background was mainly Black Irish and L.A. is a lot like Spain so in some I am really Hispanic now.

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  30. Pepemagno1 year ago

    It is only only logical that the so-called “White” culture, or “Anglo” culture will eventually disappear in America and in Texas. Why? It is obvious: all cultures that exclude vanish, while all cultures that include grow. Now, the cultural term “White” or “Anglo” excludes any not considered “Anglo”, thus excluding those considered Black, Mulatto, Indian, Asian, Hispanic, etc. In contrast, the cultural tern “Hispanic” includes anyone deemed Hispanic by culture, ancestry or even just the family name, whether they are White, Black, Mulatto, Mestizo, or whatever. It is only a logical result.

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    1. Mark Pugner12 months ago

      I didn’t realize this was a competition. If domination is your goal, there are 1.3 billion Chinese and 1.2 billion Indians who couldn’t care less about this “milestone”.

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    2. Calo Chicano12 months ago

      “Anglo” culture or the English language will never vanish in America or in the world. There are 1.2 billion Indians and in the next 10 years or so, India will have the largest population. What’s the language that unites India? ENGLISH!! The USA has a large and successful Indian population and that population is bound to grow. Most Blacks and
      Asians in the USA speak English and guess what? ASIANS ARE THE FASTEST GROWING ETHNIC GROUP IN AMERICA, NOT LATINOS/HISPANICS

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      1. Sheila8 months ago

        Look at the demographics it’s not Asians it’s hispanics

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    3. aksjl10 months ago

      As an American the first time I heard someone referred to as a Mulatto, the person who bothered to make the distinction was Guatemalan. I had no idea what Mulatto meant. And I am white! Also, Black Americans do not speak two languages. They only speak English in America, so English is here to stay.

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      1. Sheila8 months ago

        That’s right I am a black native born california

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    4. aksjl10 months ago

      Also, not only am I a white Anglo American, but my cousins are half-Black Americans and my other cousins are half Chinese… You are mistaken about Americans excluding other Americans based on their race.

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    5. aksjl10 months ago

      Pepemagno you are incorrect about when Anglo is used. Not all White people are Anglo. Italian white people are not Anglos. Anglo is Anglo Saxon, which is not Italian, not Romanian, not Greek, not Bulgarian, not Armenian, not Russian.

      Not all White people are Anglos, however Anglos are always White.

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    6. aksjl10 months ago

      Your definition of Hispanic is akin to our definition of American. All Americans are one of us, no matter their race. All other nationalities are not Americans.

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  31. Guirao1 year ago

    As an Ethnic group yes. Hispanic has surpassed Whites in California, but racially no. There are Hispanics of entirely European Origins

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    1. Mexican American1 year ago

      Most Latinos are of Native American and European descent. Mexicans, of which make up 66% of the American-Hispanic populace are overwhelmingly Mestizo, with a significant minority of purely Native American people, and a very small minority of purely European descendants. Whites only predominate in Argentina and Cuba.

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      1. Calo Chicano12 months ago

        Yet, when I watch television programs from Latin America, such as “telenovelas,” most of the people I see look very “white” or “European.”

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        1. MikeO11 months ago

          That’s because those are the only people they will hire. Pretty much all cultures from Latino to Asian….the fair skinned people are the most admired. So that’s who ends up on the TV.

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          1. aksjl10 months ago

            America is not like that anymore. We welcome diversity. The same can not be said about Mexico and the rest of Central America.

          2. MiaGioia10 months ago

            American isn’t like that anymore?

            BWAHAHAHA. Okay. if you say

        2. Pinoche9 months ago

          Looking white and being genetically white are two different things. I’m black and have mixed ancestry, as do most black Americans.That is why we come in a variety of skin colors, hair textures, hair colors, eye colors, facial features, and body structures.We are the products of MGM (Multi-Generational Miscengination).

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        3. Sheila8 months ago

          Not for long once the dream act is gone so are the Latinos from Texas and Mexico. Isn’t this the real reason why they are here because of this benefit and they know california business men will hire them in a heart beat because of cheap labor.

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      2. aksjl10 months ago

        Americans are any and every race imaginable in an infinitely varied admixture of race, ethnicity and ancestral origin. What defines us is our culture. American culture is what makes us American. Fixating on white is something most White Americans do not do. Most White Americans are actually mixed with so many things, including Native American, Black and Asian, that we don’t even know what we are anymore.

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        1. MiaGioia10 months ago

          Oh, how cute. The white person doesn’t realize his unearned privilege.

          How quaint. And sadly typical!

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          1. Alex2 months ago

            How cute, the poster above doesn’t see any of the irony in her/his statement in spite of the title of the article.

            How quaint, and sadly typical.

      3. luigee7 months ago

        Mexico is about 10% White…

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    2. Sheila8 months ago

      Not for long once the dream act is gone so are the Latinos from Texas and Mexico. Isn’t this the real reason why they are here because of this benefit and they know california business men will hire them in a heart beat because of cheap labor.

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      1. Richard Barragan7 months ago

        I am a contractor/developer and pay very well and when I am hurting for for back breaking labor they are right there and I hire them because they work ! I also spent 9 months in New Orleans and we had some good paying construction jobs that were hard to feel half of the time . The whole rebuild of New Orleans couldn’t have been done without these workers from south of the Border !

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