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The term “people of color” has deep historical roots, not to be confused with the pejorative “colored people.”

"People of color" was first used in the French West Indies to indicate people of African descent who were not enslaved as "gens de couleur libre," or "free people of color,” and scholars have found references to the term in English dating back to the early 1800’s.

American racial justice activists, influenced by Franz Fanon, picked up the term in the late 1970s and began to use it widely by the early 80s.

Willy Wonka tells it like it is.

Willy Wonka tells it like it is.



You don’t hear as much about the Asian-American vote as you do about the Hispanic vote, but Asian Americans make up a similarly fast-growing segment of the American population: According to the Census, both groups grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. Like Hispanics, Asian Americans also have become more strongly identified with the Democratic Party in recent years, a demographic trend that poses problems for the GOP if it continues.

How could my experience and that of so many other black women be so different from the official statistics? I wanted to find out — so I started digging. Because so many news reports repeat the 70 percent figure without citing a source, I went straight to the mother lode of demographic data: the U.S. Census. And what I found was shocking: While, according to 2009 data, it’s true that 70.5 percent of black women were never married compared with 45 percent of white women, look closer and you’ll see that the figure pertains only to women between the ages of 25 and 29. Not that surprising, right? Researching further, I found another U.S. Census statistic that may have sparked the frenzy. According to the 2009 data, only 30 percent of black women were married — but the data includes every female from 15 years old up to 90-somethings. So … my ba—By cousin and grandmother are single. Is that really a crisis?

Will we still think the census is socialism then?


Imagine how cool would it be if, by some twist of time, the National Archives were to make available detailed census information from the future. Will we have melded with our machines, as one futurist predicts? Join us on a short (round)trip to 2080.

(via The 2080 Census: The World As We (Don’t) Know It by Linton Weeks)

“In the next two years, federal funding is going to be $54 billion, which is way ahead of the next largest [revenue source], sales tax,” said Eva de Luna Castro, a budget analyst with the left-leaning Centers for Public Policy Priorities, which campaigned against slashing public education and healthcare for the poor during the Legislative session.