The map of white people was not on the Internet, so I made one. Conversely, it is a map of people of colour.
The map (click on it to enlarge) uses four colours:
- dark blue: 75% to 100% white
- medium blue: 50% to 75% white
- light blue: 25% to 50% white
- grey: 0% to 25% white
- majority POC: grey and light blue
- majority white: medium and dark blue
- multiracial: light and medium blue
But who is white? For this map two kinds of people are:
- Those who self-identify as white, like in a census.
- Those who belong to an ethnic group that is historically Christian or Jewish, with roots in West Eurasia.
That means white Hispanics, Armenians and Lebanese Christians are in, most Africans and Muslims, even Albanians, are out.
In the case of self-identification, note that someone who is considered white in one country might not be considered white in another.
I tried different definitions. This one is clean, easy to use and a good, general approximation.
Notes on each region:
North America: While the rest of the map is based on data from 2006 to 2011, Mexico is based on the last census that asked about race: in 1921! For the US, Hispanics who identify as white are counted as white. Doing otherwise led to paradoxes outside the US. Notice that Canada is not as lily-white as many imagine.
South America: Argentina, the pope’s home country, is extremely white. Its most “diverse” province, Chubut, is close to 90% white.
Most whites in South America, like in North America, live outside the tropics, which run from Havana to Rio. Worldwide most whites live in the temperate zone, 23.5 to 66.5 degrees from the equator:
Europe, North Africa and West Asia: Albania and Kosovo are mostly Muslim so they do not count as white, even though they are in Europe. I did not use “Europe” or “European” in my definition of white because then I would have to define Europe too! Not a battle I wanted or needed to fight.
Siberia: The people in the dark blue region are mainly ethnic Russians. Russia and Kazakhstan keep very good records on ethnicity.
The rest of Africa: The surprise here is South Africa. I thought at least the Cape would be light blue. Whites are less than 25% in every single province. The way they complained you would think they were like a third of the country. It is galling to see this.
The rest of Asia: The dark blue at the top is the tail end of Russia.
Oceania: The North Island of New Zealand is more multiracial than Australia, mostly because of the Maori.
Because Australia, Siberia, Canada and Argentina are large but thinly settled, the map makes it seem like there are more white people than there are.
To correct that, let’s scale each region according to its total population and put the map back together:
Notice that whites are not the main part of the world, but only a sixth of it.
- The map of Black people
- Black Canada: a brief history
- Peters projection
- demographically weighted history
- Geographical terms:
- guns, germs and steel