The 10 largest ethnic groups and nationalities in America prove that America is a diverse country, ready to accept a person, regardless of their race or nationality. There is a reason the country is known as the land of opportunity.
The status of America as the protector of the rights of the minorities has been under question in recent times, and maybe for a good reason. After all, when you live in a country where black people are incarcerated at a rate which is six times that of white people or you hear news where a white cop shoots an unarmed black person without suffering from any consequences, you start to believe that maybe safety for minorities is an illusion.
To add fuel to the fire, the country has just elected a sexist xenophobe who openly disrespects minorities, claiming that Mexico breeds rapists who should be deported and is considering a blanket ban on Muslims from entering the country. It is obvious that America’s reputation as the protector of the oppressed has suffered greatly in recent times. After all, when your own president ridicules people, who do they go to?
But is it actually true? I think the reaction has been vastly overstated and decrying the US for its treatment of minorities is not based on fact, but emotion. According to the projections made by the US Census Bureau, by the 2040s, non-Hispanic whites will make up less than 50 percent of the population. In other words, there won’t be any ethnicity or race which will make up the outright majority. If that is not a sign of diversity, I don’t know what is. It shows that the US is accepting of varying nationalities and races.
On the other hand, it is worrying that minorities do not feel safe in the country. It’s more than just a figment of their imagination. Police action against blacks has already left the minorities shaken and wary, Trump’s presidency has completely destroyed any hope they might have left. Stories of racism and sexism have been on the rise since the day Trump was deemed president-elect, with Muslims and Mexicans, among others, being publicly humiliated and told to get out of the country. They fear that his presidency is legitimizing such beliefs and making them more acceptable. You might think these people are overreacting to the presidency just because their candidate did not win, but it is much more than that.
When you have Steve Bannon running your campaign, the chair of a newspaper which has been called xenophobic, sexist and racist, why would the people trust you when they say you are looking out for your interest?
Again, since Trump hasn’t yet ascended the throne, how he will actually take charge is up for debate and pure conjecture based on history. His recent statements have made it seem like he does not plan to implement some of the most controversial measures he has suggested like building a wall on the border with Mexico. His tone suggests that such statements were to garner support, not to actually implement. If that is the case, then the minorities may have something to be pleased about.
Minorities make up around 37 percent of the total population of the US, which shows that at least the pre-Donald Trump US has been accepting of all nationalities. They cannot be discounted, and the thought that they don’t matter is incorrect. In fact, some of the most important people in the countries belong to ethnic minorities. To learn more about the importance of ethnic groups, you can visit the 7 Most Educated Ethnic Groups in America. To determine the 10 largest ethnic groups and nationalities in America, we considered the statistic provided by two surveys carried out by the US Census Bureau. It’s important to note that ethnicity and race are separate things, and this is reflected in the rankings. Ethnicity is how one self-identifies, which is how the surveys got their results.
Our findings showed us the following: