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Minority report: White births no longer majority in the US

 
 
 
 
 
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For the first time in US history, racial and ethnic minorities outnumber its white majority – white births make up fewer than half the children born in the country, according to the US Census Bureau.

­The new 2011 census, which was made public on Thursday, reveals non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 per cent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July.

The minorities – Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race – made 50.4 per cent in total, with Hispanics at 26 per cent, blacks 15 per cent, and about 4 per cent Asian. That compares with a 37 per cent ratio in 1990.

The survey however shows births actually have been declining for both whites and minorities, as many women postponed having children during the economic recession.

But the drop since 2008 has been larger for whites, at 11.4 per cent, compared with that of 3.2 per cent for minorities.

Whites still represent the single largest share of all births and will remain a majority for some time. But the fact remains that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are now the majority.

And the whites are aging – the median age for non-Hispanic whites is 42, meaning the bulk of women are moving out of their prime childbearing years. In comparison, the median age of US Hispanics is 27.6 years. Together with Asians, they comprise the two fastest-growing minority groups. Hispanics also have high fertility rates: seven births for every death.

In four US states – Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Texas – as well as the District of Columbia, the minority populations have already exceed 50 per cent. The counties of other states follow the tendency.

Maverick County, Texas, had the largest share of minorities at 96.8 per cent, followed by Webb County, Texas, and Wade Hampton, Alaska, both at 96 per cent.

All of this rings alarm bells with some experts, who say it brings broad implications for the country’s economy, political life and its identity.

The New York Times quotes William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, as saying the most urgent aspect of the change is education.

A college degree has become the most important building block of success in today’s economy, but blacks and Latinos lag far behind whites in getting one.

Just 13 per cent of Hispanics and 18 per cent of blacks have a college degree, compared with 31 per cent of whites.

“This is a polite knock on the door to tell us to get ready,” the newspaper quotes Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “We do a pretty lousy job of educating the younger generation of minorities. Basically, we are not ready for this.”

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, co-director of Immigration studies at New York University also stresses that educating young minorities is of critical importance to the future. It took immigrants several generations to assimilate through education. Americans today cannot afford to wait that long, as they struggle to compete with countries like China.

Some, however, see it as a huge advantage. Professor of policy, planning and demography at the University of Southern California Dowell Myers brings as example European societies with low levels of immigration, which now have young populations that are too small to support larger aging ones.

“If the US depended on white births alone, we’d be dead,” he said. “Without the contributions from all these other groups, we would become too top-heavy with old people.”

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  • WeisseTodt

    WOW, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE MINORITIES ARE GOING TO START PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE?????

    HEY, WILL THEY PAY FOR WHITE PEOPLE’S RENT, UTILITIES, FOOD, MEDICAL, ETC LIKE WE HAVE FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS????

    NO, THEY’LL PROBABLY TELL WHITIE TO GO TO HELL, THEY AIN’T PAYING FOR NOTHING. WELL, WHEN WHITIES ARE GONE WHO IS GOING TO CARRY ALL OF THEM?????

    IF SOMEONE GAVE ME FREE HEALTHCARE, DAYCARE, HOUSING, CABLE TV, FOOD, HOUSING, ETC. I WOULD HAVE BRED AT LEAST A DOZEN KIDS, BUT SINCE I HAD TO SUPPORT THEIRS, I COULD ONLY AFFORD TWO. WOW, WHAT A RELIEF, IN MY LATER YEARS, THE MINORITIES WILL BE CARRYING THE BURDEN OF WHITIE.

  • Lucidia

    Why doesn’t the article count White hispanics, and white people from various national (non-Western European) backgrounds as white too? Oh, let me guess, because it is easier to get Western European whites to fear the other national backgrounds when they think that they don’t have any “real” whites among them? This article suggests the claim only the Western European “white” is a “real” white lol. Well, I’ve got news for you: There are whites that believe that only blond blue eyed whites are “real” whites. Yet, there are white people even from African countries. I am not impressed by the anti-multiculturalist white fear non-sense one hears so commonly in some places on the internet, of “anti-racist is racist” (against whites) — that proposition demands double thinking, because it is logically inconsistent; just noting this in case some one hasn’t noticed. What is racist is claiming who are the “real” whites, and dividing the racialized “non-whites,” in some places when its more in the political interest of the dividers, and yet clustering them together again when it is in the racist interest. If you would count all the whites in the US, not only those with Western European backgrounds, you would see the proportion of whites is still higher than 50%.

    • WeisseTodt

      Lucidia, why do you consider any hispanics white?
      It has been written a long, long time ago. The product of a white and a negro is still a negro, the product of a white and hispanic is still a hispanic, the product of a white and an Indian is still an Indian, the product of a white and chinese is still a chinese. How do you get a white hispanic?????

  • Ripples

    They breed like cockroaches because it’s the white people who flip the bill. If you look at family size, those that pay for themselves without any govt assistance- all races- have very small families whereas those who live off govt assistance and get everything handed to them end up having 10 kids. If you doubt me go to Walmart on a weekend and watch them all pile out of their car like it’s a clown car. The sad part is nobody is laughing.

    • JackieBoy

      I’m an old guy and I won’t be around to see it….even if the nations of the world don’t blow the place to smithereens before that day….but it would be interesting to see what kind of cesspool the US will be when the white middle class…the backbone of the nation….isn’t large enough to support all of these folks who live day to day on government hand outs.

      My guess is when that day comes, if they can’t eat it or sc rew it, they will tear up and sh it on it like the do most everything else.

  • The Stranger

    by Rudyard Kipling (1908.. but timeless perspective on immigration.)

    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk—
    I cannot feel his mind.
    I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wonted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy or sell.

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control—
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes

    They think of the likes of me.
    This was my father’s belief
    And this is also mine:
    Let the corn be all one sheaf—

    And the grapes be all one vine,
    Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

  • yourFatherWillis

    Everybody cries about having immigrants in this country why does it matter whoo the Fock is in the damn country is this a planet as a whole or do we still live by the bounderies i guess people dont really care about more important things like survival and helping each other not judging others cause of pigmentation bet most of the people who cares about this shit think they are smarter than others this is not the only country with immigration

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