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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Non-white births now the majority

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 6:25 AM

The Census Bureau confirms that non-Hispanic whites no longer constitute the majority of births in the United States. This helps you understand the push by Republicans — the party of white non-Hispanics — to end birthright citizenship.

Political implications in the future, if not immediately, are profound. From the NY Times:

A more diverse young population forms the basis of a generational divide with the country’s elderly, a group that is largely white and grew up in a world that was too.

The contrast raises important policy questions. The United States has a spotty record educating minority youth; will older Americans balk at paying to educate a younger generation that looks less like themselves? And while the increasingly diverse young population is a potential engine of growth, will it become a burden if it is not properly educated?

“The question is, how do we reimagine the social contract when the generations don’t look like one another?” said Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, co-director of Immigration studies at New York University.

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