August 11, 2005


Non-whites now majority in Texas (Alicia A. Caldwell, August 11, 2005, Boston Globe)

Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the US Census Bureau said today, in a trend driven by a surging number of Hispanics moving to the state.

According to population estimates based on the 2000 Census, the non-white population in Texas is now at about 50.2 percent. In the 2000 Census, non-whites made up about 47 percent of the population in Texas, the nation's second-largest state.

Texas joins California, New Mexico, and Hawaii as states with non-white majority populations -- with Hispanics the largest group in every state but Hawaii, where it is Asian-Americans.

Five other states -- Maryland, Mississippi, Georgia, New York, and Arizona -- are not far behind, with non-white populations pegged at about 40 percent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 12:53 PM

Most Hispanics who have immigrated to America are Indian or Meztizo.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 11, 2005 1:02 PM

Robert rules. It's the Indian part that unnerves so many of us. Tobacco, cocaine, casinos, and now job-stealing. Montezuma smiles.

Posted by: ghostcat at August 11, 2005 1:31 PM

Of, course, this is good news for the pinkos because Texas is such a left-leaning state, economically and socially.

Those hispanic Texans are wearing Stetsons, not sombreros.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 11, 2005 1:53 PM

Latins do, editors at the Boston Globe don't.

Posted by: Luciferous at August 11, 2005 1:58 PM

In my experience, some Hispanics consider themselves to be "white", some consider themselves to be "colored". (Or "of color", for the more sensitive).

However, what's more important is how the culture sees them.

Although attitudes towards Hispanics are not uniform across America, in many places, Latins are definitely "non-white".

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 11, 2005 2:36 PM

Mexicans consider themselves Spanish as much as Americans consider themselves British. There are appreciable cultural, racial, and linguistic differences between the two. I'd much rather work along side a Mexican than a Spaniard. Though "working Spaniard" is a contradiction in terms.

And I like Lou's comment - the Tejanos in my community love the Unites States far more than the average Bostonian.

Also, the article's headline is stupid - there is no longer a racial majority in Texas - we are all minorities, but more importantly, we are all Texans.

Posted by: Shelton at August 11, 2005 2:42 PM

"Although attitudes towards Hispanics are not uniform across America, in many places, Latins are definitely "non-white"."

The term latino conceals more than it reveals. There are several Spanish (not to mention portugese or french) speaking populations and they are different and have different attitudes and political inclinations.

There are illegal Mexican immigrants in LA. Cuban refugees in Miami. Puerto Ricans in New York who are different than the Dominicans in the same city. Native populations in the Southwest that have been living where they are longer than anybody other than the American Indians.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 11, 2005 5:41 PM

There are some significant cultural differences between Puerto Ricans and Mexicans, and Central Americans, and Venezuelans and Chileans and Argentines and so on and so on. Mexican-Americans in Texas live in a different cultural milieu than Mexican-Americans in California or Ohio. In Mexico, there's a major cultural difference between light-skinned and dark-skinned Mexicans.

Yet, to our enlightened, sensitive, multiculturalist elite, they're all "Hispanics."

(Also true of subclassifications within other ethnic groupings. I once made a comment to my Scottish relatives that gave them the impression I was lumping them in with the English. Boy, did I hear about it!)

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 11, 2005 5:47 PM

ghostcat, don't forget scalpin' white folk.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at August 12, 2005 3:26 AM

To Michael Herdegan: no, not all latins are "non-white". you're ignorant. My parents are born in chile yet i AM white because all 4 of my great grand parents came from France and Germany.

Posted by: natalie at September 3, 2005 12:54 AM