What is a Minority Population?

On this blog I’ll be talking a lot about minority populations (duh)  but what does it mean for a population to be classified as a minority?

First, we need to consider the structure of American society that rules on a (incredibly racist + sexist)  majority vs minority population status.

 

Majority populations are the ones who hold the most power in society. The scale of equality tips in favor of those in the majority across the globe. Majority populations hold power, privilege and a higher social status than those in the minority.

Being white, a male and identifying as heterosexual are all examples of majority classifications.

Now, let’s talk about minority populations. Those in the minority hold a lower social and economic status and don’t have the same access to privileges in the majority such as quality health care, education, housing opportunities and high skilled jobs.

Being female, Hispanic, and identifying as Transgender are all examples of minority classifications.

But keep in mind, minority populations don’t always have to refer to a race, gender or sexuality – it can be economic status, disability or religion that categorizes someone in a minority population.

We’ve been trained through the social construct of this majority vs minority scale to believe that people in minority populations are inherently inferior to those in the majority.

That is wrong.

The Minority Population is dedicated to highlighting issues minorities face in order to raise awareness to the fundamental ideal that our differences as humans are what make America beautifully diverse.