65. The Browning of America

The Census Bureau tells us that in about 30 years, whites will no longer be the majority. This change in the skin color of America will be due to the rapid growth in numbers of Hispanics, Asians and multiracial Americans, along with the more moderate growth of blacks and other non-white groups. Between 2015 and 2030 there will be an absolute decline in the size of the white population under age 65. Even among seniors, racial minorities will begin to gain. Fifty-three percent of the population will be multiracial or nonwhite, compared with less than 40 percent currently.

Nonwhite population is driven more by fertility than by immigration, researchers believe this racial shift will occur even if the federal government enacts new immigration restrictions. Randy Capps, director of research for U.S. programs at the Migration Policy Institute states “Immigrants just have more children and have them younger.” The truth of the matter is that Whites will still be the largest single racial group in 2044, no single group will actually be a majority. There has been a steady decline in the white population as the so-called Baby Boomers (people born between 1945 and 1964) have aged and entered retirement. They are also beginning to die off. By the end of the decade, the U.S. Census projects that a majority of children under 18 will be non-white. America’s minority populations are young and of childbearing age.

Once more the American people are being flooded with fear, hate talk and misinformation. They are being told that these brown people will if not taken down that they will take employment away from white Americans as well as black Americans. That these brown people mostly are immigrating into America from Mexico. That these brown people who are coming from Mexico are drug dealers and gangsters. Because of this America has become a more polarized society. Very little is being done to prepare America for the truth of the matter that America is browning and that much could be done in a positive manner to prepare America for the inevitable.

This truth concerning the Browning of America being such as it is is that white America is growing old and retiring. As America browns young America’s workforce must be educated. Our browning population must be educated or our nation’s workforce will be unable to compete with other nations. If this is not done America will become larger in the gap between rich and poor. This will lead to greater polarization and less economic health.

The Browning of America will be gradual. As America becomes more brown I do believe that there will be much discord within America. However, as America becomes a nation of brown people and we as a population start to look more and more like each other it will be natural for Americans to start to accept one another. America has tried to with laws written federally as well as within states to become a nation that is fairer and just to all its people black, white, yellow, brown and red. Progress has been made, however there is still much racism within our boundaries. Gradually, as America brown’s and its people look more like each other its people will become more willing to accept one another. We will become a less polarized nation. Good will come out of this. Individuals and our government will begin to work to improve our nation for the betterment of all.


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