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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:31 AM
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New Demographic Racial Gap Emerges (from the NY Times)
Edited on Thu May-17-07 11:15 AM by newyawker99
New Demographic Racial Gap Emerges

By SAM ROBERTS
Published: May 17, 2007

With the number of nonwhite Americans above 100 million for the first time, demographers are identifying an emerging racial generation gap.

Americas Changing Ethnic Profile That development may portend a nation split between an older, whiter electorate and a younger overall population that is more Hispanic, black and Asian and that presses sometimes competing agendas and priorities.

The new demographic divide has broader implications for social programs and education spending for youth, said Mark Mather, deputy director of domestic programs for the Population Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan research group.

Theres a fairly large homogenous population 60 and older that may not be sympathetic to the needs of a diverse youthful population, Dr. Mather said.

The Census Bureau estimated yesterday that from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, the nations minority population grew to 100.7 million from 98.3 million; that is about one in three of all Americans. The new figures also suggest that many states are growing more diverse as minorities disperse.

As a result of immigration and higher birthrates among many newcomers, the number of Hispanics grew by 3.4 percent nationwide and Asians by 3.2 percent. Meanwhile, the black population rose by 1.3 percent, and that of non-Hispanic whites by 0.3 percent. (The number of American Indians and Alaska Natives increased by 1 percent, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders by 1.7 percent.)



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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:34 AM
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1. if a minority is a majority it is NOT a minority anymore. doh! nt
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:50 AM
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2. The only "minority" in this country that is a majority of people is women.
When they say that those states have a majority minority population, it means white people are not more than 50% anymore. Whites are still by far the largest group though.
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dave_p Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 09:04 AM
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3. "many states are growing more diverse as minorities disperse"
This is a healthy and normal sign: it shows that groups aren't just staying in clusters, they're moving to where the opportunities are. The same thing's happening in Europe, with more immigration expected to go to areas where it hasn't been pronounced in the past. These things have a way of working out.
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