Picture this: Dotting races in the USA

Picture this: Dotting races in the USA

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Enough has been said and written on the dynamics of races throughout history. Till date, the debate rages on whether race and ethnicity should be mapped, or even mentioned. In today’s culturally-diverse society, several people believe that mapping race and ethnicity could help in better amenities and healthcare services. There’s another lot that just goes wild with the mention of skin colour. Whatever the verdict be, the fact remains that several cultures still look at race and ethnicity as differentiators.

Did Dustin Cable, a demographic researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, had similar thoughts while developing “The racial dot map: One dot per person for the entire United States”? No! As a researcher, his only objective was to create an accessible visualisation of the geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighbourhood in the entire country.

Based on 2010 US Census, Dustin’s map turns out to be the first compre hensive map of racial distribution in the USA. Each dot on the map represents one person, colour-coded by race and ethnicity.