ACRI’s Ballot Initiative (Cont.): Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri

[Note: This post continues my coverage of the American Civil Rights Institute’s ballot initiative proposals for several states in 2008. For coverage on Nebraska, see my post here. Click on the highlighted text, for my posts on “Super Tuesday” and on the initiative’s language.]

I have the demographic information for the rest of the states that the Bradley Foundation’s Ward Connerly’s American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) plans to seek a ballot initiative. The remaining states are Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Missouri. I have added California, the state that passed proposition 209, for comparison purposes.

Colorado (population: 4,301,261 (2000 Census))

Race

Percentage of population

Number

White

82.8%

3,560,005

Black

3.8

165,063

Native American

1.0

44,241

Asian

2.2

95,213

 

Arizona (population: 5,130,632 (2000 Census) [NOTE: high number of “some other race”])

Race

Percentage of population

Number

White

75.5%

3,873,611

Black

3.1

158,873

Native American

5.0

255,876

Asian

1.8

92,236

 

Oklahoma (population: 3,450,654 (2000 Census))

Race

Percentage of population

Number

White

76.2%

2,628,434

Black

7.6

260,698

Native American

7.9

273,230

Asian

1.4

46,767

 

Missouri (population: 5,595,211 (2000 Census))

Race

Percentage of population

Number

White

84.9%

4,748,083

Black

11.2

629,391

Native American

0.4

25,076

Asian

1.1

61,595

 

California (population: 33,871,648 (2000 Census) [NOTE: high number of “some other race”])

Race

Percentage of population

Number

White

59.5%

20,170,059

Black

6.7

2,263,882

Native American

1.0

333,346

Asian

10.9

3,697,513

In all states, there is either a strong or overwhelming White majority. It does not appear that any of them need these initiatives (except, perhaps, to flex the political and social muscles of the majority race).

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