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Minorities - J662 Final Exam 1 What's Black and White and Spread all Over When mentally and physically preparing myself for what would become this

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J662 Final Exam December 17, 2007 1. What’s Black and White and Spread all Over? When mentally and physically preparing myself for what would become this grueling marathon of essays, I felt it prudent to equip myself with the facts. Sure, I could always just make them up as I go along, but then I’d have to waste time justifying these made up facts that might otherwise be used to showcase my charm and wit. Therefore, I answer the first part of this question, “How will… racial composition change over… the next 50 years?” with straightforward facts, yoinked directly from the 2000 US Census, that I may save the wit and charm for later analyses. Having conveniently charted these things out over the next 50 years, the Census Bureau projects that the country’s Black population will grow from 36 million to 61 million, the Hispanic population will grow from 36 million to 102 million, and the white population will go from 228 million to 302 million. While the Black and Hispanic numbers seem to grow each decade, netting a 71.3 and 187.9% increase respectively, the White population seems to increase by less each decade, totaling only a 32% increase overall, and even losing population in the final decade. 1 The point is, while Whites stay the majority, their majority is steadily slipping. Hispanics show the largest population increases, followed by blacks. Conveniently enough, this population shift is considerable progress in racial justice. Think about it logically; what’s the best way to curtail injustice against a minority? Make them less minor. 1 From “Projected Population of the United States, by Race and Hispanic Origin: 2000 to 2050” from www.census.gov
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Obviously there will be a certain outcry from the White majority who, like any good majority, fear their own marginalization. It will, however, fall on deaf ears, because this influx of Blacks and Hispanics has, in fact, translated into a greater number of Black and Hispanic police, judges, mayors, governors, and even presidential candidates. While whites may still hold a disproportionate majority in these positions, it, like their population majority, is slowly slipping. So where does the media fit into all of this? I’m glad you asked. The media will both forerun and reflect this dynamic racial shift. We will continue to see the stereotypes leaking out of our fiction as producers realize, for example, that with the Asian demographic in this country growing at so exponential a rate, there is a market for Asian characters as protagonists and not merely funnily accented sidekicks. The news media will be far more reflective. Let’s say Obama winds up elected. It will appear he is under careful scrutiny on race-related issues like employment, public education, etc. In reality, all it will take for him to get media approval will be policy better than George W’s, and a home-life more wholesome than Clinton’s. The media will cover the inevitable race conflict when Whites finally realize they are not the majority
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