The White “Minority”

In Sociology, term “minority” is not based within a numerical system of minority as opposed to majority.  When we use the term it is indicative of power relations, or minority as opposed to dominant.  Minority groups are then those in a multiethnic society who are disenfranchised and receive fewer of society’s rewards. 

In this clip from his comedy album 2042, Hari Kondobolu discusses the social construction of race and white anxiety.  The year 2042 is when it is estimated white people in the United States will become less than half of the population or a numerical minority (if all other racial categories are grouped together).  In this clip Kondobolu juxtaposes these definitions.  “Forty-nine percent white only makes you the minority if you think the other fifty-one percent are exactly the same.”  

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