WASHINGTON — After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.

Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.

Such a turn has been long expected, but no one was certain when the moment would arrive — signaling a milestone for a nation whose government was founded by white Europeans and has wrestled mightily with issues of race, from the days of slavery, through a civil war, bitter civil rights battles and, most recently, highly charged debates over efforts to restrict immigration.

While over all, whites will remain a majority for some time, the fact that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are the majority has broad implications for the country’s economy, its political life and its identity. “This is an important tipping point,” said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, describing the shift as a “transformation from a mostly white baby boomer culture to the more globalized multiethnic country that we are becoming.”

via Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S. – NYTimes.com.

The melting pot is more “melty.” One day we won’t even be identifying ourselves by race. It would be nice not to have to check “other.” 

7 thoughts on “Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S. – NYTimes.com

  1. Perhaps this explains the increase of fear, the increase in outright ugly in our nation today. I continue to be baffled by why it is so very nasty, but perhaps this is part of it.

    1. Thanks so much my blogfriend:) Sorry it took so long to respond. I’ve been off the Nets dealing with a medical emergency in the family:( All is well now, though. Thanks again for sharing the great post. Off to take a nap, now that you’ve done all the work for me!

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