A Smattering of Stats

What’s the largest minority in the United States? It’s sort of an odd phrase, isn’t it? “Largest minority.” What the hell does that mean? Depends on how you characterize a minority.

According to Wikipedia, “A minority is a sociological group that does not make up a politically dominant voting majority of the total population of a given society.”

Okay, I see what that means.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Agency that sets the standard, “The revised standards will have five minimum categories for data on race: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White. There will be two categories for data on ethnicity: ‘Hispanic or Latino’ and ‘Not Hispanic or Latino.’”

These are the only minorities the Federal Government recognizes for any purposes – education money, minority business grants, census data, and on.

Hm. That’s interesting, but culturally, I’ll look at a broader cross section.

For the record, the largest minority in the United States is, in fact, Hispanics, at about 16% (48.1 million). Here’s that stat and bunch of other interesting information about Hispanics in the U.S.

Hovering right there with them, depending on how many people got deported, how many stumbled across the border today and how many converts you have one way or the other, is atheists and the non-religious, at almost exactly 15%.

Blacks and African-Americas are about 12% (38.1 million). Asians are about 4.5 (13.8 million %)

The percentage of Americans who are disabled is 18% (51.4 million).

Some studies show that gays are 10%, some show much lower..

All religions except Christianity combined, including Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Hindus, Buddhists and New Age Hippies, comprise somewhere between 4% and 8% of the American population.

Of all these groups, only one has no political power, no sway with marketers, no representation in Congress (except one) and little outreach. In short, only one of these groups is completely disenfranchised.


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