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Catherine Vo-Nguyen Race Excel Project Written Component

A) The first graph I used is a pie chart, and the reason I chose this graph to represent the first set of data is because of the key word percentage. I know that pie charts clearly show the parts of a whole, and the specific percentages of each part. In this case the parts would be each individual race. And they are a part of a whole, which is our country and our population. The 2nd graph is a bar graph. I went with this one because bar graphs can clearly display comparisons and height differences with a quick glance. You can see overall which race clearly has a higher population then the others. The last graph I went with a line graph because it shows the changes over time for each race. The connected lines clearly show whether the population has increased, decreased or flatten out. As far as insights that emerged from the graphs in terms of racial classification, I see that there is a trend for each graph. It is clear that the White population is still the highest race in America. There is always talk of America being a diversity melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, which it is, but of course in terms of the racial make-up here in the US, Caucasian is still the mainly dominated population. The pie chart shows clearly that all the other races I listed combined is still not half the White population. The bar graph reveals that the African American & Hispanic race are fairly close to each other in population The line graph shows that the White race steadily increases through the times, and reflects the major events in history. For example there was very little increase in population of the White race from 1930-1940, probably due to the Great

Depression and WW1 & WW2 eras. Then in the prosperous and booming ages of the 1950s and beyond, like the 1960-1970 hippie ages, there was a big steady increase in population growth. While the other races such as African Americans remained very steady and almost the same throughout the decades, and then a very slight pick-up in population increase around the 1950s and beyond, most likely from the civil rights movements and more freedom of African Americans in those times. Hispanic population clearly increased rapidly around the 1970s due to immigration to America. I think it is very interesting that this particular graph is able to reflect the population size to the history that was happening around the U.S at that time.

B) There were some race that were a combined with one another, such as American Indian and Alaskan Native and that made me pretty confused. Why is Native American not considered its own race but put together with Alaskans? And on a really random side note that I never really thought about before until doing this project, if Alaska is a state in America, why is it considered its own race?? Same with Hawaiian?? I have never really considered that until now. Pretty interesting to me. And with Zerubavels lines concept, I feel like its always almost natural for people to classify everyone into race and ethnicity categories without really realizing we do that. When we fill out forms for pretty much anything; school paper work, job applications, creating email accounts, on polls and surveys, random stuff like that, we are always asked to identify with what race we are. Its so odd that we feel the need to indicate that, since as I now learned race is not a biological factor, but a social concept we create ourselves. Why cant there by an option for when we fill out which race we are for human. I am the human race. Im not just

Asian or Asian American. We are all part of the same race. The human race. The messy part is where people who are mixed and have many ethnicities. Where would they classify themselves under? I know there was a category for more than one race but usually that option isnt available. And then Im confused about the term White does that mean people who are from America that are white skinned? Where do the Europeans-Americans stand then? Say French or German or Italian parents who white? I think that part can get messy too. Dealing with the classifications of race and categorizing humans into socially constructed labels based on the colors of our skin is something so uncomfortable but yet I feel like its something that is inevitable. We cant not draw the lines because like Zerubavel said that the world is much too complex for our brains to not sort everything out and labels things to ease the messiness of dealing with whos who and whats what.