Somewhere in America, a racist white person just sh*tted a brick. They’re panicking. They’re finding their nearest blond hair blue eyed counterpart to procreate with. Why? Because they need to uphold their race. Ok, so maybe that was a bit of an over exaggeration. None of that is going on, yet. They’re just being racist trolls in comment sections of websites.
You see, in 2043, the U.S. Census projects that white people will no longer be the majority. Black and brown people are cheering. White people? Not so much.
It’s the latest in a series of reports that have signaled a major, long-term shift in the demographics of the United States, as non-Hispanic white Americans are expected to become a minority group over the next three decades. For years, Americans of Asian, black and Hispanic descent have stood poised to topple the demographic hegemony historically held by whites.
Based on current rates of growth, whites in the under-5 group are expected to tip to a minority this year or next, Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director, said.
The government also projects that in five years, minorities will make up more than half of children under 18. Not long after, the total U.S. white population will begin an inexorable decline in absolute numbers, due to aging baby boomers.
Here’s a look at the latest census numbers:
- The population younger than 5 stood at 49.9 percent minority in 2012.
- For the first time in more than a century, the number of deaths now exceeds births among white Americans. This “natural decrease” occurred several years before the government’s original projection, a sign of the white population decline soon to arrive. For now, the white population is still increasing slightly, due to immigration from Europe.
- As a whole, the nonwhite population increased by 1.9 percent to 116 million, or 37 percent of the U.S. The fastest percentage growth is among multiracial Americans, followed by Asians and Hispanics. Non-Hispanic whites make up 63 percent of the U.S.; Hispanics, 17 percent; blacks, 12.3 percent; Asians, 5 percent; and multiracial Americans, 2.4 percent.
- About 353 of the nation’s 3,143 counties, or 11 percent, are now “majority-minority.” Six of those counties tipped to that status last year: Mecklenburg, N.C.; Cherokee, Okla.; Texas, Okla.; Bell, Texas; Hockley, Texas; and Terrell, Texas.
- In 2012, 13 states and the District of Columbia had an under-5 age population that was “majority-minority,” up from five states in 2000. In 25 states and the District of Columbia, minorities now make up more than 40 percent of the under-5 group.
- Among the under-5 age group, 22 percent live in poverty, typically in more rural states such as Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. Black toddlers were most likely to be poor, at 41 percent, followed by Hispanics at 32 percent and whites at 13 percent. Asian toddlers had a poverty rate of 11 percent.
That under 5 age group minorities, are the key to the future.
But as various reports state, the only way to sustain a minority-majority future, is by implementing tools that will allow them to grow. By tools, they mean a better educational system here in the U.S. and equal opportunity.
“The educational system is likely to be the most widely used and most acceptable policy tool we have for equalizing life chances. But it does not seem so far to achieve this goal,” said Timothy Smeeding, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in income inequality. “This specter of unequal opportunity may be the biggest negative social outcome of the continuing American inequality boom.”
Want proof that white people aren’t looking forward to being the minority? Just take a look at the screenshots of comments from the NBC article:
What people can’t forget is that there are places with a white minority, take for example South Africa, but they still hold the power and wealth. Technically being a numerical minority doesn’t make you oppressed. Maybe this can be the silver lining for racist white people. Or maybe they can just move there and be happy.
In 2043, my niece will be 30 years old, my son will be 44 and I’ll be 66. I can only hope for the best at this point.