Beginning of a True Multicultural Society?

By: Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryIn 2011, the U.S. Census revealed for the first time that there are now more minority newborns than white non-Hispanic newborns. In the U.S. Census, a minority is someone who is of one minority race, of mixed race and non-Hispanic. This means that now there are more non-European newborns of a minority race or more than one race than there are of a majority race. Within a generation, it is conceivable that people of European non-Hispanic origin will indeed be the minority throughout the United States. Already we are seeing four states that have a 50 percent or more minority population. These states are California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Texas. Could this become the trend by the year 2060?

There are three possible projections of the numbers that were released today. First, we may see a progressive rise of minority populations, by both natural birth and immigration, in the cities and suburbs. This is happening now, and the trend will no doubt continue. What we will also see is that with a shrinking labor force, more minorities will become not only a greater part of the workforce but a much more skilled and better educated part of the workforce. Racial and ethnic minorities will become part of more mobile upper-middle and even upper classes as technology and change in the social infrastructure provides opportunities that are not available today. It will mean a society that must work harder to keep the country as a unified state, and which will need the rule of law even more.

The last point is significant. The United States is the creation of a nation by rule of law, and as such is in need of rule of law to protect the rights of all regardless of their race, ethnic origin, religion and class background. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and as such must be the force that makes it possible that no one group, no one race and no one ethnic group will be “more equal than others.” In many ways, the fact that there are now for the first time more minority newborns is in itself not a significant factor. What will be a significant factor will be how this country will look by the year 2060 and that this country will be here by 2060.

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