I always detested the word minority because of its not so hidden connotation of being minute, as in insignificant. The word is more often than not assigned to classify all individuals who are not of the Anglo persuasion. But is the term misleading? I think so.

Census data is collected every decade and people are urged to classify themselves under any number of arbitrary racial categories, but if we look more closely at the numbers, particularly of those who are of mixed heritage and Latino or Hispanic who come from an African background, the number of African descendant people in this country would be well above the 12.5% recorded in the latest 2010 census data. But what’s more, the terminology of being categorized as a minority is misleading on a global scale.

The truth is White/Anglo/European people make up less than 5% of the world’s population, making them the real ‘minorities’ on the planet. While there are nearly 1 billion people alone currently living in Africa, there are untold millions of Blacks living throughout the world and within the African Diaspora. Take Brazil for instance, which is the home to more Black people outside of the country of Nigeria. That means there are more Blacks living in this South American country than countries in Africa, thanks to the transatlantic slave trade. In fact Brazil is home to an estimated population of nearly 95 million Blacks and mixed race persons of African ancestry.

Are you keeping count here? So far I have only counted 1 continent and 1 country and the figures of Black folks who are assumed to be minorities, is at 1.1 billion.

Haiti boast just over 9 million Black people on the tiny island, Cuba nearly 1.5 million, Jamaica is home to 2 million plus African descendants, and Venezuela has an estimated population of 3 million African identified people. So let’s break this down so that we have a more accurate picture of the total number of Black people in this world, lest we continue to be mislead about our so called minority status.

According to global census reports there are just over 22 million African descendants living in the Caribbean. More than 110 million residing in South America, close to 45 million who make North America their home, and just over 7 million in Europe. So according to these simple calculations the worldwide population of Black people on the planet, including inhabitants on the continent of Africa and throughout the Diaspora and Europe is (drum roll please)…over 1.4 billion African and African descendant people on this planet. Good Lord that’s a lot of Black folk!

It’s important that we understand semantics, and how certain terminology is used to dupe us into believing foolishness. And as Jay-Z says, “Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t lie.”

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  • Gray Liddell

    I agree, good article. Even if you include the Federal government’s definition of ‘white’ which includes Turks and North Africans, ‘Whites’ are still a very small minority in what is now a GLOBAL world. Only 1 tiny billion out of what …8 billion now. I mean in a GLOBAL world whitey (YT) is a real minority and he is sittin’ on top of some primo real estate and bank accounts.
    Watch out YT the world is comin’ for ya!!!

    • bladerunner

      Nuclear chemical biological these words mean numbers are absolutely meaningless. 10 billion 20 billion what does it matter if they can be wiped out before morning tea.


    Damn whites kill me with their ‘wea re are opressed too’ mentality. Oppression is not IF YOUR race is more or less than the others. Its about if your race is treated less than others due to skin color, status, or origins. And by the way we STILL are the minority in the most oppressive country on earth (U.S.A) so please white/angelo/european jolly ol pal people! Miss me………. wait miss US with that crybaby bullshit. because please correct a BROTHA! if I’m wrong but it seems like your complaining because YOU did some research and you found out their are too many blacks on this earth?!? Am I right? Any responses?……..

    • Gray Liddell

      “most oppressive country on earth”
      Aren’t the Blacks in the US, taken as a nation, the richest Black country in the world?
      With the highest per capita GDP of any other Black Nation.

    • THE RISE

      Hmmm yea a first world country compared to what else? 2nd and mostly third world countries . And by the way I met two rich blacks before everrr! my old boss and a couple NBA players.

    • THE RISE

      So what else you got?

  • Oh well, there goes the “disproportionate excuse” that we have a tendency to use on black on black crime.