March 10, 2010
New American Dawn: The Racial Tipping Point Arrives
More Minority Babies Will Be Born In 2010 Than White Babies, Demographers Predict.
Demographers suspect that 2010 could be the “tipping year,” that is, the year in which more minority babies are born than white babies in this country as the United States steadily marches toward becoming a minority-majority nation. (A minority-majority nation is one in which no recognized racial group makes up more than half of the population.) “The numbers are growing because immigration to the U.S. has boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years,” the Associated Press reported. “Minorities made up 48 percent of U.S. children born in 2008, the latest census estimates available, compared to 37 percent in 1990.” Also contributing to the “tipping,” more and more white women are waiting longer to have children.Currently, approximately 300 of the United States’ roughly 3,000 counties are minority-majority. “The numbers highlight the nation’s growing racial and age divide, seen in pockets of communities across the U.S., which could heighten tensions in current policy debates from immigration reform and education to health care and Social Security,” the AP reported.
How will the nation react or adjust with time? Could be “White Flight” for a different time and age. Could be opportunity for assimilation and integration.