The New York Times reports: A more diverse young population forms the basis of a generational divide with the country’s elderly, a group that is largely white and grew up in a world that was too. The contrast raises important policy questions. The United States has a spotty record educating minority youth; will older Americans balk at paying to educate a younger generation that looks less like themselves? And while the increasingly diverse young population is a potential engine of growth, will it become a burden if it is not properly educated?
What is emerging is a country where swaths of multicultural, diverse populations dominate. In the state of Texas, 7 out of 10 of the children under the age of 1 are members of minority groups. In contrast, babies born in the state of Utah are only 28% non-white. Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, and four states are majority minority. They are California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Texas.
The Wall Street Journal reports: William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, says African-Americans are the largest minority among adults over 50. But for anyone younger—including the newborns forming America’s first ‘majority minority’ generation—Hispanics are the second-largest population group after whites of European descent. “It’s a major turning point for American society,” he said. “We’re moving from a largely white and black population to one which is much more diverse and is a big contrast from what most baby boomers grew up with.”
What do you think the impact of this new Majority Minority will have on America’s view of itself? We pride ourselves on diversity, but do you see any challenges or problems in the future? I’d like to know what you think.