Less diverse, not more

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Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:40 PM

The interesting chart depicting the growth of the "non-white" population under 18 in California ["Calif. Latino population burgeons," news story, March 9] made the claim that in the past 10 years the under-18 population has become "much more ethnically diverse."

Actually, it has become less diverse. In 2000, the under-18 population distribution was 35 percent white, 44 percent Hispanic and 21 percent black, Asian and other. No single ethnic group constituted a majority. In 2010, the distribution was more skewed and therefore less diverse: 27 percent white, 51 percent Hispanic and 22 percent black, Asian and other.

In certain parts of the country, such as California, the growth of non-white populations shouldn't necessarily be painted with the broad brush of "diversity."

Tom Scherer, Washington

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