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New Census: Racial make up of U.S. really changing

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Barrelbulge(Fl), Jun 24, 2011.

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  1. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Census shows whites lose US majority among babies
    ShareretweetEmailPrintBy HOPE YEN, Associated Press Hope Yen, Associated Press – Thu Jun 23, 2:32 pm ET
    WASHINGTON – For the first time, more than half of the children under age 2 in the U.S. are minorities, part of a sweeping race change and a growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and fast-growing younger ethnic populations that could reshape government policies.

    Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women — mostly single mothers — now exceeds African-American households with married couples, reflecting the trend of declining U.S. marriages overall.

    The findings, based on the latest government data, offer a preview of final 2010 census results being released this summer that provide detailed breakdowns by age, race and household relationships.

    Demographers say the numbers provide the clearest confirmation yet of a changing social order, one in which racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by midcentury.

    "We're moving toward an acknowledgment that we're living in a different world than the 1950s, where married or two-parent heterosexual couples are now no longer the norm for a lot of kids, especially kids of color," said Laura Speer, coordinator of the Kids Count project for the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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    "It's clear the younger generation is very demographically different from the elderly, something to keep in mind as politics plays out on how programs for the elderly get supported," she said. "It's critical that children are able to grow to compete internationally and keep state economies rolling."

    Currently, non-Hispanic whites make up just under half of all children 3 years old, which is the youngest age group shown in the Census Bureau's October 2009 annual survey, its most recent. In 1990, more than 60 percent of children in that age group were white.

    William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who analyzed the data, said figures in the 2009 survey can sometimes be inexact compared with the 2010 census, which queries the entire nation. But he said when factoring in the 2010 data released so far, minorities outnumber whites among babies under age 2.

    The preliminary figures are based on an analysis of the Current Population Survey as well as the 2009 American Community Survey, which sampled 3 million U.S. households to determine that whites made up 51 percent of babies younger than 2. After taking into account a larger-than-expected jump in the minority child population in the 2010 census, the share of white babies falls below 50 percent.

    Twelve states and the District of Columbia now have white populations below 50 percent among children under age 5 — Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Mississippi. That's up from six states and the District of Columbia in 2000.

    At current growth rates, seven more states could flip to "minority-majority" status among small children in the next decade: Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, South Carolina and Delaware.

    By contrast, whites make up the vast majority of older Americans — 80 percent of seniors 65 and older and roughly 73 percent of people ages 45-64. Many states with high percentages of white seniors also have particularly large shares of minority children, including Arizona, Nevada, California, Texas and Florida.

    In California, for instance, the median age for whites jumped from 40.3 in 2000 to 44.6 years old, even as the state's overall median age remained one of the nation's lowest at 35.2 due to minority births — a sign of the rapid race change under way, according to 2010 census data released Thursday. California's minorities now make up 58 percent of the state's population, up from 51 percent in 2000.

    "The recent emergence of this cultural generation gap in states with fast growth of young Hispanics has spurred heated discussions of immigration and the use of government services," Frey said. "But the new census, which will show a minority majority of our youngest Americans, makes plain that our future labor force is absolutely dependent on our ability to integrate and educate a new diverse child population."

    Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor and senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire, noted that much of the race change is being driven by increases in younger Hispanic women having more children than do white women, who have lower birth rates and as a group are moving beyond their prime childbearing years.

    Because minority births are driving the rapid changes in the population, "any institution that touches or is impacted by children will be the first to feel the impact," Johnson said, citing as an example child and maternal health care that will have to be attentive to minorities' needs.

    The numbers come amid public debate over hotly contested federal and state issues, from immigration and gay marriage to the rising cost of government benefits such as Medicare and Medicaid, that are resonating in different ways by region and demographics.
     
  2. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    Oh, this is really going to go over good with the white supremacists.
     
  3. sernv99

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    This will really piss the Tea Party off.....I wonder where they will get their support from now?
     
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    At 70 , this will have no impact on me but for my 8 and 11 year old grandkids this is bothering me as to what the future will be for them . I see more so with the Asian population and muslims with 4-5+ children per family . Both my children only had 1 child each but the new influx want to gain on the US popualtion explosion .
     
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    Way back our forfathers envisioned a country where any "man" could have his life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and religion without intereference from the government. Today that "man" can be a man or woman of any color, any ethnic origen, and any religion beyond Jude-Christian, and any sexual preference.

    You may find this useful if you really want to know what Franklin, Jefferson and Mason had in mind...

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    "The first and second article of the Virginia Declaration of Rights adopted unanimously by the Virginia Convention of Delegates on June 12, 1776 and written by George Mason, is: That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

    Benjamin Franklin was in agreement with Thomas Jefferson in downplaying protection of "property" as a goal of government. It is noted that Franklin found property to be a "creature of society" and thus, he believed that it should be taxed as a way to finance civil society.[7] The United States Declaration of Independence, which was primarily drafted by Jefferson, was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The text of the second section of the Declaration of Independence reads: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
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    The irony is that Jeffeson had slaves and children by them. Seems his thinking, ideas and thoughts were bigger than his human weaknesses -- afterall, he was a man of his world and that world included slavery.
     
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    IMHO I think educated, and semi educated(leaving college before completion) people, the majority being white, have had enough fiscal responsibility to only have as many,or less, children than they cold afford. Whereas the public housing dweller that is on welfare for the third generation has learned that the more children they have the more they get from welfare. Thus the increased population in the minorities. If welfare were limited to support for a max. of two children this would not be happening.

    It seems under this pretense that the future looks very gloomy for the average working person and the workers will support the welfare cases more than they do now. So to speak it would be something like slavery in reverse. Bulge.
     
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    BB,,,,you may be right on your insight,,,,those that pay provide for those who take and if more is able to be taken by sheer numbers then this will be the end result,,,,sad many don't see or understand....
     
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    Well this shows you know how to use your computer, but you left off the facts that the muslim population all over the world are having more children than anyone. Hpw can they afford it, by using the system of all countries that have welfare, muslims have many wives, each has many children, applies and gets welfare, england,germany,france, it goes on, they breed to outgrow us at our expense.
     
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    .....And we continue to pay for them to continue breeding....
     
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    Our liberal society has allowed 50,000,000 babies to be killed in the womb since 1974. Regardless of their race, they would have gone a long way toward helping pay the way for our social programs and fulfilling the jobs the illegals are now doing.
     
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    "White couples of child bearing age have been experiencing fertility problems as per many medical reports on the subject over the past 20 years or so."


    How about we blame this "fertility problem" on the minorities. Maybe they have been secretly putting some bad mojo into white people's food for the last 20 year or so LMAO

    rpeerless: you sound like a hate monger. Aren't you the one that cowers in fear whenever you go to the supermarket and encounter minorities? I remember that post of yours. Man, I wonder what would happen if you got stuck in a crowded elevator with minorities. You would probably faint. LOL
     
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    Is this perhaps why the country is going to hell in a handbasket?

    It is as if someone said. "Hey we have a great thing here. Let's change it". Where have I heard that one before?
     
  13. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Birdogs, I do beleive he has accelerated the eventual demise of what we had. Adding as many freebees to a lot more people has really helped put us in debt further. Growing up i remember standing in line with my mother waiting for the free food that the government gave out. Powdered milk, powdered eggs, butter, and cheese. Standing in line let you know you were poor. When they changed to food stamps and they had street value increased the abusers of the system .Bulge.
     
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