With Minorities Soon To Be The Majority, What Does A Typical American Look Like?

Which is more American?

Another sign that the world is changing rapidly, much too fast for some:

For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.

New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation’s racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now resulting in fewer Hispanics entering the U.S.

“This is an important landmark,” said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. “This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.”

The issue is not whether this is good news or bad news, because it isn’t either. It is just a fact. But I do think for some who are accustomed to being in the majority, this is a great cause for alarm. Just look at the comments following the article which you can read here. You throw in the fact that we have a Mixed President, and I think this growing population trend is why we see so much ugliness from so many in these past years.

By the way, no one should think this population trend means Whites will not be the majority group, because minorities are made up of many groups, each separate, so each separate group will still not outnumber Whites any time soon. It is not like all minorities see themselves as one group. Not by a long shot.

But it is indeed interesting to see how our idea of what is a typical American will have to change. Whether some like it or not.

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