2010 Census: Percentage of the White Population Declined Slightly; Nevertheless, Whites are Still the Dominant Majority Population

In my posts dealing with the “futility of colorblindness”, I often refer to the Census’s breakdown of race to show that the White population is the dominant population in the country. The percentage number for Whites went down a little bit, but White still make up over 223 million people.

United States (population: 281,421,906 (2000 Census)

Race Percentage of population Number
White 75.1% 211,460,626
Black 12.3 34,658,190
Native American 0.9 2,475,956
Asian 3.6 10,242,998

United States (population: 308,745,538) (2010 Census)

Race Percentage of population Number
White 72.4% 223,553,265
Black 12.6 38,929,319
Native American 0.7 540,013
Asian 4.8 14,674,252

The Futility of “Colorblindness”: Trayvon Martin–The “Post-Racial” Makeup of Government Leadership & Its Profound Irrelevance

[Update 7-15-13: After deliberating about 16 hours, and listening to the evidence in the approximately 14-business-day trial, a  jury determined that George Zimmerman was not guilty of both murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.]

In an article about the marches to respond to the events leading to and following the death of Trayvon Martin, a Washington Post article seems to express a disbelief that people are still affected by negative behavior because of their skin color even when the president is African American, the attorney general is Black, and the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division is Hispanic (a national origin, not a race).

I don’t think that the non-White racial identification of government leadership is relevant in a situation where a Black person is killed and the known shooter will likely not receive any arrest, trial, or penalty for it. In addition, as I mentioned in a previous post, the so-called post-racial era never existed. It is impossible where Whites are the preferred race and dominant population.

What happened to Mr. Martin is shocking to me–a surprise that such an event is still occurring in 2012.It suggests that for a Black person simply living his or her own life is at risk of being killed as a result of the anxieties or false beliefs of someone else.

Zimmerman was not arrested, and I am not sure whether a case can be made against him now. The Sanford, Fla., Police Department effectively closed the case until the recent news coverage reopened the case. While I hope that charges can be filed against Zimmerman, with the poor preliminary police work and evidence gathering, I am not sure if charges can be filed that will strong enough to succeed in court.

WMATA: Salaries of General Manager and High-Level Managers Seem OK; Media Should Focus on Metro’s Uncertain Funding Structure

The local media seems fixated on equating Metro issues to fare increases. Fare increases are seen by the ridership most directly, but they are not Metro’s sole source of income. As discussed in a prior post, Metro’s finances are difficult because the agency does not have a single source of funding like other transit agencies in the United States. If the local media were to focus on this particular issue, rather than just stirring irritation for its sake alone, it would truly be doing a great service.

The first chart below shows the amount of subsidy funding that Metro receives from Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. The second chart shows Metro’s income from fares and parking fees. It seems that the states and the passengers essentially share equally in paying for the operating expenses of Metro.

The third chart shows the number of trips taken in Metro vehicles. It seems relatively steady.

The Washington Post reported on the level of salaries of Richard Sarles, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Metro, and other high-level managers at Metro. Salaries are usually the highest expense at any organization; as long as the the salary is reasonably tied to the work expected, the salary level mutually determined by the parties should be OK.


Amount of Funding

(components are rounded; in millions of dollars)

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012





District of Columbia








Subtotal subsidy




Debt service




Total (budgeted)










*Actual amount comes from Metro’s statement of cash flows.

Passenger Fares and Parking Fees

(rounded; in millions of dollars)

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012






727.8 (6/30/10)

804.5 (6/30/11)

*Actual amount comes from Metro’s statement of revenues, expenses, and changes in net assets. This statement does not identify parking fee revenue; I used the total revenue amount in the table.


(in number of trips)












Data for 2010 comes from Metro’s 2010 Media Guide. Data for 2011 comes from Metro’s Metro Facts.