It’s all over white people!
May 17, 2012 1 Comment
Personally, I have no problem with this, but there’s a lot of Americans who do. Two things: 1) they are predominantly Republicans; 2) they are going to be outnumbered in time.
From the Post:
For the first time in U.S. history, most of the nation’s babies are members of minority groups, according to new census figures that signal the dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority.
Population estimates show that 50.4 percent of children younger than 1 last year were Hispanic, black, Asian American or in other minority groups. That’s almost a full percentage point higher than the 49.5 percent of minority babies counted when the decennial census was taken in April 2010. Census Bureau demographers said the tipping point came three months later, in July…
The census has forecast that non-Hispanic whites will be outnumbered in the United States by 2042, and social scientists consider that current status among infants a harbinger of the change.
“This is a watershed moment,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University who specializes in family issues. “It shows us how multicultural we’ve become.”
Although minorities make up about 37 percent of the U.S. population, the District and four states are majority minority — California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Texas.
Obviously the coalitions of demographic groups that form the parties change over time. But certainly as things are presently aligned, this is a trend that dramatically benefits Democrats over Republicans. Now, Republicans aren’t going to win over Black voters any time soon, but they really may want to think the harshness of their anti-immigration rhetoric. Of course, I don’t expect they will and Hispanics will likely remain a consistent– and growing– part of the Democratic coalition.