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7 Billion: Are You Typical? — National Geographic Magazine @ Yahoo! Video

Just Typical: A person living in the United States under the spotlight of conservative American culture and the Western world—not to mention with help from advertisers and the media—would unfortunately believe the most typical person on the planet to be a Caucasian male. But, anyone with a drop common sense and some education would understand this idea to be false.

According to National Geographic, the world’s most typical person is a 28-year-old Han Chinese man. But, he won’t be for long. By the year 2030, the typical person will be a man around the same age hailing from India.

Not to go off topic, but I’m curious to understand why the fashion world is just now obsessed with marketing to the Chinese population when the world’s most typical person has always been a young Chinese man? It’s as if the fashion world never knew Chinese people existed and, abracadabra, they’ve made a new discovery!

Take a good look at the runways during the current fashion week season and you’ll notice the Western world’s token-du-jour: An Asian person. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I would be a little insulted if I were of Asian descent and I’m NOW being noticed. Thanks to a booming Chinese economy, it’s clear that money talks. But, there has always been money in China and other Asian countries.

What will happen come 2030? Will Indian be the next trend in the eyes of the Western world? My solution is to cut the bullshit and showcase diversity across the board. We all have spending power at the end of the day.

(via machine-factory)

What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself, and that’s what she’s going to have to decide—how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself…If you’re of multiple races, you have a different challenge, a unique challenge of embracing all of who you are but still finding a way to identify yourself, and I think that’s often hard for us to do…I identify as a Black woman, but I’ve always had to embrace my mother and the White side of who I am, too. By choosing, I’ve often [wondered], ‘Well, would that make her feel like I’m invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the Black side of myself?’

- Halle Berry discussing her and her daughter’s race in the latest issue of Ebony.

March 2011 issue of Ebony

"In another time or place, the game of “What Are You?” that was played one night last fall at the University of Maryland might have been mean, or menacing: Laura Wood’s peers were picking apart her every feature in an effort to guess her race.” -Susan Saulny

Photography by Stephen Crowley for The New York Times.

Racial profiling: The New York Times maps out the distribution of racial and ethnic groups, block by block, throughout America.


This was hilarious, ok? But, some maps are useful when they are made by smart people who care. You have to click on it though.

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block | nytimes.com

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