Man's Quest for Social Guidance: The Study of Social Problems

By Howard W. Odum | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XI
RACE AND SOCIETY

The Racial Population of the World. While it is not possible to give exact figures as to the total population of the world to-day and the number and proportion of people in the different races, we can use common estimates which are sufficiently accurate to present a factual picture of the problem of race and society. Two widely quoted estimates are those of Stoddard in his The Rising Tide of Color, and East in his Population Problems. Stoddard's estimate of the world's population is 1,700,000,000, while East's was 50,000,000, in excess of this. East estimated that of this total number probably 710,000,000 were white; while Stoddard thinks that no more than 550,000,000 are white. Or, to contrast the white and colored races again, East estimated that the total of the colored races was 1,040,000,000; while Stoddard believes the colored would total 1,150,000,000. If this aggregate be again divided according to the five major racial groupings, we find the following estimates:

Race East Stoddard
White710,000,000550,000,000
Yellow510,000,000500,000,000
Brown420,000,000450,000,000
Black110,000,000150,000,000
Red or undistributed50,000,000
______________
Total1,750,000,0001,700,000,000

World Society and Race. A study of the distribution of the world's racial population is itself enough to call attention to the magnitude of the situation. There are, however, a great many special features which call for special study at this time. It has long been a common saying for instance, that when the Chinese people "awake" there would be need for the readjustment of world society. A great deal of common talk, too, has been to the effect that conflict between the white and the yellow races might

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