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Excerpt from Civil Rights Journal, Vol. 4
Consider the trend: in 1950, fully 82 percent of the US population was non-hispanic white; 11 percent was black; and the remaining 7 percent was Hispanic, Asian Pacific American, and Native American. In 2050, only 53 percent of the US population will be white; 24 percent will be His panic, 14 percent black; 8 percent Asian, and about 1 per cent Native American. Sometime after 2050, minority groups will outnumber whites. Or, to put it differently, we will all have become minorities.
The trend vexes some commentators, including some in the political mainstream, who argue unapologetically that America is a white nation and who advocate a ban on immigration. Other commentators reject racial argu ments but are concerned that the growing diversity of today's minority groups, coupled with what they view as an over-emphasis on cultural pluralism, might lead to a dis-unified nation lacking the strength that has tradition ally come from widespread adherence to America's core values.
The optimistic View takes the truism that America is a land of immigrants not just as an historical fact but as an organizing value. From the Boston Tea Party on, self defined groups of any sort are never more American than when protesting some perceived social wrong. America's cacophony is not a sign of its weakness, though it's often taken as such, but of its strength. (and surely there is some irony to the fact that multiculturalism is seen as so danger ous at the very moment that nativists the world over regard American cultural hegemony with such alarm.) This issue of the Civil Rights Journal ranges widely, from such perennial topics as educational opportunity to such new concerns as the impact of the internet on social inequality.
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