When White America Becomes a Minority
“Announcement of a Looming White Minority Makes Demographers Nervous,” Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times.”
NYT’s article makes this announcement of White America becoming a minority in the 2040’s like it is new news. It is not. In 2006, I exchanged emails with Joel Garreau about the same topic in his article “300 Million and Counting.” Joel concentrated on the arrival of immigrants to the country being good news as it keeps our labor force younger than other countries such as Germany, Russia, etc.
One AB commenter asked whether it makes sense to have an educated populace if they can not pay back the cost of an education. It does makes sense to educate the population as they are better equipped to take on the requirements of the economy whether it is manufacturing or service based. Burdensome student debt in which excessive interest payment resulting from economic hardship being a precursor to paying loan principal only aggravates the problem of debt shackling the borrower to a longer period of time of debt servitude before becoming productive and contributing to society. It behooves the nation to minimize the costs associated with getting an education with low loan interest rates, forgiveness over time, and complete eradication.
A younger work force coupled with educational skills pays off in productivity gains at many different levels.
Joel Garreau also talked of immigration in 2006 in a positive sense:
“One fortuitous result of the enormous wave of immigrants coming to the United States is that the median age here is only a little over 35, one of the lowest among the world’s more developed countries. This country also has the most productive population per person of any country on the planet—no matter how you measure it, and especially compared with Japan and the members of the European Union.”
It has changed somewhat with the 2008 recession and the slack in the Labor Force amongst the prime age.
NYT approaches the issue in a nervous manner.
“The presentation of the data disturbed Kenneth Prewitt, a former Census Bureau director, who saw it while looking through a government report. The graphic made demographic change look like a zero-sum game that white Americans were losing, he thought, and could provoke a political backlash.”
White nationalists worried about losing racial dominance. Progressives envisioned greater political power from greater diversity and a white minority. Others look to the immigration of new people as a way to fill the gap left by retiring baby-boomers.
With each arrival of a new class of immigrant, there has always been a backlash as to how to categorize them. In this instance, the change coming is already here, has been for a couple of decades, and will come to pass in the 2040s well after baby-boomers have passed. Whether politicians or white America resists it, it will not matter as this change will occur. What will matter is whether we give them the proper tools now to be productive later.
As Charles King, a political science professor at Georgetown University stated;
“The closer you get to social power, the closer you get to whiteness.”
King is the author of a new book on Franz Boas, the early 20th-century anthropologist who argued against theories of racial difference. The one group that was never allowed to cross the line into whiteness was African-Americans and the long-term legacy of slavery.
Just an opinion, when Mexicans, African Americans, and other groups were and are in the minority, white America didn’t care. Now the status of white America is changing, they are waking up to it, and they care.
I urge you to read both articles.
It certainly is not new news. Been around for centuries.
“We don’t have to discriminate if we’re living in totally segregated neighborhoods; all the work is already done. If you look at the history of civil rights legislation, it’s the Fair Housing laws that get passed last — and barely so. Dr. King had to get assassinated in order for it to get passed, and that was because it was considered the Northern civil rights bill. It was civil rights made personal; it was determining who would live next door to you and therefore who would be able to share the resources that you received. The same is true of school desegregation.
Education and housing are the two most intimate areas of American life, and they’re the areas where we’ve made the least progress. And we believe that schools are the primary driver of opportunity, and white children have benefited from an unequal system. And why is this so? Why have white people allowed this? Because it benefited them to have it that way.”
“Whiteness” is just a measure of the fraction of Neanderthal DNA in you gene pool.
Yep. Just a fraction. But it is the only one that can be seen.
Everything that I read about this subject, assumes that in the future American corporations will need more human workers to meet the needs of American consumers. Apparently none of these prognosticators are well read. Automation is in the news.
It seems extremely unlikely to me that 21 years from now, after the boomers have died, the US will require more human workers to provide for American consumer needs?
And even less understandable is that the need for labor will be so great then, that we must immediately begin to flood the American labor market with large numbers of under-educated Spanish speaking illegal immigrants. We can not wait until more labor is actually needed. We must begin today!
For the record, I regard these prognostications as – much ado about nothing. And the issue of race is completely overblown. Today the vast majority of American whites are not masters of their own fate. What is going change if they are no longer the majority? Discrimination based on race is unconstitutional.
This is just more hyperbolic propaganda.
Well, in slaughter houses, agricultural fields, house cleaning and the like, lots of human labor is needed. Thus the undocumented.
Neanderthal = white? Joke? Something real? This Neanderthal wants to know.
I don’t know if it was intended as a joke, but it is wrong.
One automated slaughter house:
@Joel, very interesting; thanks.