The conventional population paradigm in the United States has distinguished between the white majority and the sizable and easily identified black minority. Until recently, much less attention has been paid to Hispanics (or Latinos), currently 20 million, whose number the Census Bureau projects will rise to 31 million of a total population of 283 million by the year 2010. 1 In the next two decades, Hispanics will account for one of every three net additions to the U.S. population. 2