Sunday, August 17, 2008

America's Demographic Change

The United States may not need babies like Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany but continuing demographic trends will change the face of America. According to the United States Census Department, Whites will only be a plurality by 2042. By 2050 Whites will make up 46%, Hispanos 30%, Black 15%, and Asians 9% of the population.

The reason for the shift is Whites are not having babies and Blacks have way too many abortions while Hispanos continue to immigrate and those already here have a higher birth rate. Asians increase slightly because of an above-average birth rate and immigration especially from China and India. Meanwhile American Indians will continue to intermix with non-American Indians and become more of a label than a racial collective.

Being the product of English Puritans, Scot-Irish Presbyterian quasi-illegal immigrants from Canada, militant German Missouri Lutherans, and strangely and disturbingly well to do Irish Catholics from the South I treat this news indifferently. The various strands of my family believed in the motto E pluribus unum (out of many, one). May all Americans continue to do so and keep the American bond, one of nationality not ethnicity, strong.

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