The Browning of America

A changing American identity.

A changing American identity.

Saw this very interesting article in The Huffington Post:

Welcome to the new off-white America.

A historic decline in the number of U.S. whites and the fast growth of Latinos are blurring traditional black-white color lines, testing the limits of civil rights laws and reshaping political alliances as “whiteness” begins to lose its numerical dominance.

Long in coming, the demographic shift was most vividly illustrated in last November’s re-election of President Barack Obama, the first black president, despite a historically low percentage of white supporters.

It’s now a potent backdrop to the immigration issue being debated in Congress that could offer a path to citizenship for 11 million mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants. Also, the Supreme Court is deciding cases this term on affirmative action and voting rights that could redefine race and equality in the U.S.

The latest census data and polling from The Associated Press highlight the historic change in a nation in which non-Hispanic whites will lose their majority in the next generation, somewhere around the year 2043.

Despite being a nation of immigrants, America’s tip to a white minority has never occurred in its 237-year history and will be a first among the world’s major post-industrial societies. Brazil, a developing nation, has crossed the threshold to “majority-minority” status; a few cities in France and England are near, if not past that point.

The international experience and recent U.S. events point to an uncertain future for American race relations.

Read more here. I do think the next 10 years are going to see a redefining of America. But that will not come without a lot of tension and growing pains because these years will see huge changes in our make-up.

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11 thoughts on “The Browning of America

  1. ericjbaker says:

    A certain segment of the population will freak out about this, but they will self-marginalize. Hopefully future generations won’t think in terms of “race relations” at all.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      I sure hope so. This is all so silly and divisive. Thought with that being said, I think people will always find something to separate themselves from others – whether it is skin color, class, religion. Unfortunately it seems like it is our nature.

      • ericjbaker says:

        We’re using caveman brains in a modern integrated society. Evolutionary wiring from 12,000 years ago (looking for protection in a group, viewing something different as dangerous) may have saved us from sabre tooth tigers, but it doesn’t help us deal with living in cities and working side-by-side with people who don’t look like us. However, we have the intellect to overcome impulse and to open our minds to diversity. If only more would use it.

      • Earnest Harris says:

        So true. I call it chosen ignorance. Too many people simply don’t want to be bothered learning about other people.

  2. This was inevitable as more and more people are marrying outside of their race as well. We’re not the first country this has happened to. As we become more knowledgeable about people in general and that skin color doesn’t cause the human brain to act or think differently in most circumstances we become more blind to color differences and more respective of other cultures. Of course, that doesn’t mean racists don’t still exist and try to spread their propaganda but it is a step forward in what will be a long journey.

  3. jrod says:

    I would not invest in the tanning business

  4. Love the picture in this post. At that age, not one of those kids gives two shits about any of the other kids in the picture except for whether or not they’re “nice to me.”

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