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Posted on June 18, 2013

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FALLING WHITE BIRTHRATE

News from the Census Bureau this week shows the United States moving faster than ever toward a “minority majority” population. For the first time in at least a century more white Americans are dying faster than those being born.

By no later than next year white children under the age of 5 will be a minority. So it is not only white males are a minority today. It will be the entire white race will be an minority, and we might as well get use to it.

The new American “us” isn’t white, black, Asian, or Hispanic. It is all of these and much more. In fact, the fastest growing group in the country is “multiracial.” This figures into how our  political system will be powered in the future.

Today some 40 percent of whites age 25 to 29 have graduated from college, compared with only 23 percent of blacks and 15 percent of Latinos. Those numbers have to move upward for blacks and Latinos and quickly. These numbers reflect on the entire U.S. educational system, since success in collage traces back all the way to getting a good start on education as early as preschool.

Today 313 million U.S. citizens and about 12 million undocumented persons of all racial  backgrounds can paraphrase comic-strip character Pogo and proclaim “We have met (an American). And he is us.

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