Associate Program Material
Racial Diversity: Historical Worksheet
Answer the following questions in 100 to 250 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.
• Throughout most of U.S. history, in most locations, what race has been in the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group?
The White Race has been the majority throughout most of the US history. Both Hispanic and non Hispanic are both included in the White Race. Most of the common ancestral background is from Europe. I found that according to Macionis (2012), “More than one-third of the U.S. population falls into a racial or ethnic minority category even though this has been the case for most of history.” Minorities make up an increasing share of this nation’s people. A majority of more than half of the largest U.S. cities are minorities. Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as the District of Columbia are states that a majority of their people are minority. In years to come, there will be other states that will be added onto this list. Racial and ethnic minorities will become a big part of U.S. population by 2042 based on current trends. This was found by the (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008, 2010).
• What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a significant or notable minority group?
American Indians, African American and Asian Americans are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history. It is listed that African Americans average population is 12.9%. Asian Americans are at 4.6% today but that amount is changing rapidly. There are around 500,000 people that enter this country legally from Mexico every year, but at least 500,000 more cross the border illegally. It is said about 61% of all those who enter the U.S. borders illegally are from Mexico, 22% are from other Latin American nations,10% are from an...