Less than 50 percent of babies being born in the United States are non-Hispanic whites. The Census Bureau reported that for the 12 months ending in July 2011, non-Hispanic whites were 49.6 percent of American newborns. All the rest were Hispanic, black, Asian, native American, and mixed race.
The Census Bureau projects that by the year 2050, non-Hispanic whites will be less than half the U.S. population. They already are a minority in Hawaii (23 percent), the District of Columbia (35 percent), California and New Mexico (40 percent) and Texas (45 percent), and in many large American cities.
While the percentage of African-Americans in the U.S. population will remain constant, the percentages of Hispanics, already the largest U.S. minority group, and of Asians will double.
Is this something we non-Hispanic whites should worry about? I don’t think so. We won’t be in the majority, but we’ll still be the largest group, double the size of the Hispanic population.
I don’t see any reason to fear Hispanics are going to join with other demographic groups to gang up on us. I’ve visited non-Hispanic white friends in places such as Santa Fe and San Antonio where the Hispanics were in the majority, and they didn’t feel as if they under siege. Quite the contrary.
During my lifetime, I’ve seen a great diminution of racial prejudice and ethnic antagonism, and I hope and believe this will continue. And to the extent that prejudice and antagonism remain, it is just as intense between the various minority groups than between any of those groups and non-Hispanic whites.
Click on Minority births outnumbered whites for the first time for information from the Los Angeles Times.
Click on The New Metro Minority Map: Regional Shifts in Hispanics, Asians and Blacks from Census 2010. for information from Sabrina Pacifica’s beSpacific web log.
Click on Young Hispanic population key to futures of Texas and U.S. for information from the Texas on the Potomac web log.