cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
I have been intrigued with the declining birth rates in certain races in Europe and have blogged on that topic before. An article in this morning’s Journal Sentinel titled “Whites account for under half of births” consequently captured my attention.
The thrust is this: white births are no longer a majority in the United States. “Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6% of all births in the 12-month period that ended this past July, while minorities, including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race reached 50.4%, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.”
The implications of this moment in time are huge although the process will move slowly since whites will remain in the majority (still making up 63.4% of the population) for quite some time, but the younger generations that will move into political power will not be white-dominated.
Our government will change, education will change, and most other institutions will change. Currently, the median age for non-Hispanic whites is 42 years meaning that the bulk of white women are moving beyond child-bearing age while Latinos are at a median age of 27. The continuing change appears to be unalterable.
Just as in Europe, the European-white population in America has not been procreating at a rate sufficient to maintain itself (something on the order of 2.2 births per couple).
I wonder if we European Whites will be ready for our truly minority role when that day arrives? How will we react as the minority for the first time in the history of America? Will we be prepared to walk in those shoes when that becomes reality?
This is something to ponder, although it probably happens a couple of generations down the road at the soonest. I hope that we’ll acquit ourselves well when that time comes but I’ll likely not be here to witness just how well we do at being ‘the minority’.
Maybe we need to be paying closer attention than we sometimes do.