Aug 18, 2008

Minorities to become the new majority

Nation follows trend found in California, Texas

By Rasheed Shabazz

History shows us that; where California goes, the nation will–eventually–follow.
California has the largest “minority” population in the United States, and since 1998, minorities have been the majority.
And by 2042, minorities who are now about one-third of the U.S. population, are expected to become the majority, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Previous predictions said this would happen in 2050.
“We [ain’t] no minority” said Harambee Managing Editor Reginald James. “We’re the majority, if you’re thinking globally.”
According to the bureau’s projections, the total U.S. population, now estimated at 305 million, is expected to rise to 439 million by 2050.
By 2023, half of the U.S.’s children will be so-called minorities, due to higher birth rates.
“We just have to make sure that this translates to just power,” said James.
“Many times the masses of people are still oppressed by a ‘minority,’ like White South Africa,” said James. “If this does translate to power, we can’t cause the same injustices and commit the same atrocities that others have commited towards us.”
James also suggests students research Francis Cress Welsing’s “Theory of Color Confrontation” and its’ implications.
The census projects the racial and ethnic breakdowns will be (with current percentages in parentheses): non-Hispanic, single-race white, 46%(down from 66% in 2008), Latinos, 30% (up from 15%); Black, 15% (up from 14%); Asian, 9.2% (up from 5.1%), American Indians and indigenous Alaskans, 2% (up from 1.6%). •H•

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