Face of America keeps changing
The Kansas City Star
The face of America continues to change, becoming more like the land that existed before Columbus.
The U.S. Census Bureau today reported that for the first time, the number of infants of color outnumbered those of whites.
The census found that “50.4 percent of our nation’s population younger than age 1 were minorities as of July 1, 2011.”
“This is up from 49.5 percent from the 2010 Census taken April 1, 2010,” the census noted in a news release.
The census also reported that people of color in this country edged up to 36.6 percent, or 114 million people. In 2010 it was 36.1 percent. A population greater than 50 percent minority is considered “majority-minority.”
“There were five majority-minority states or equivalents in 2011: Hawaii (77.1 percent minority), the District of Columbia (64.7 percent), California (60.3 percent), New Mexico (59.8 percent) and Texas (55.2 percent).”
Wyandotte County is a majority-minority community. The change should be embraced and accompanied with a new emphasis on education, diversity and cultural awareness training, and opportunities extended to all races.
What’s clear is this country cannot afford its costly and centuries-old practice of discrimination and racism. If only more people could be made aware of that simple fact.