Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Browning of America

It can fairly be said that Donald Trump's "base" comprises that segment of the population that is terrified of losing their grip on the United States - fearful white folks. Vox explains how white America's days are numbered.

In 2008, Barack Obama held up change as a beacon, attaching to it another word, a word that channeled everything his young and diverse coalition saw in his rise and their newfound political power: hope. An America that would elect a black man president was an America in which a future was being written that would read thrillingly different from our past. 
In 2016, Donald Trump wielded that same sense of change as a threat; he was the revanchist voice of those who yearned to make America the way it was before, to make it great again. That was the impulse that connected the wall to keep Mexicans out, the ban to keep Muslims away, the birtherism meant to prove Obama couldn’t possibly be a legitimate president. An America that would elect Donald Trump president was an America in which a future was being written that could read thrillingly similar to our past. 
This is the core cleavage of our politics, and it reflects the fundamental reality of our era: America is changing, and fast. According to the Census Bureau, 2013 marked the first year that a majority of US infants under the age of 1 were nonwhite. 
...The government predicts that in 2030, immigration will overtake new births as the dominant driver of population growth. About 15 years after that, America will phase into majority-minority status — for the first time in the nation’s history, non-Hispanic whites will no longer make up a majority of the population. 
That cross will come in part because America’s black, Hispanic, Asian, and mixed-race populations are expected to grow — indeed, the Hispanic and Asian populations are expected to roughly double, and the mixed-race population to triple. Meanwhile, the non-Hispanic white population is, uniquely, expected to fall, dipping from 199 million in 2020 to 179 million in 2060. The Census Bureau minces no words here: “The only group projected to shrink is the non-Hispanic White population,” they report
This isn’t just a statement about the future; it’s a description of the present. The economist Jed Kolko notes that the most common age for white Americans is 58, for Asians it’s 29, for African Americans it’s 27, and for Hispanics it’s 11. A new report out of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Applied Population Lab found that white births are now outnumbered by white deaths in 26 states, up from 17 in 2014 and four in 2004.
I understand the fear of change but, sadly, it has really brought out the "Cracker Factor" in many white Americans and that's nothing but disgusting. I only hope that Brown, Black and Yellow America will follow a different path, one of reconciliation rather than the pursuit of retribution no matter how deserved.


Trailblazer said...

The fear of browning is commonplace throughout the western world.
Noticeably, Brexit is a knee jerk reaction to this natural course of evolution.

North Americans have bent backwards to deny the first nations their proper part in the building of the North Americas.


I doubt that we; the white Euro settlers gave little thought to these occurrences.
I doubt the first nations spoke of the whitening of the Americas.


Karl Kolchak said...

Keep dreaming. Many of the immigrants who come to America for economic reasons become progressively more conservative as they get wealthier. There are plenty of prominent Republicans who are "browner," including two who ran for president in 2016 (Ben Carson & Bobby Jindal). Nikki Haley is among the craziest members of the Trump administration, while Condoleeza Rice is a one of the Bush administration's big time war criminals and Clarence Thomas is the worst reactionary on the Supreme Court. Obama himself was a complete sellout to Wall Street, big banks and corporations and America's war contractors who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of civilians from Libya to Syria to Yemen to Iraq to the drone assassination program.

The problem with America isn't that it is "too white," it's that it is a predatory capitalist nightmare determine to squeeze every last ounce of life out of the world to feed its voracious appetites.

Anonymous said...

*Rubs hands together* Nothing to see here goyim.

Tal Hartsfeld said...

Time for mixed-race marriages and off-springs.
Frankly, as a narcissist, my main concern is that those around me treat me right and not condescendingly, like I was "shit".
Their ancestral background is only incidental to me. But if I don't like the person, that's when I judge.

Owen Gray said...

The United States always welcomed immigrants who were predominatnly white. Now they aren't, and Americans can't turn back the clock. Unfortunately, conservative politicians want to do just that -- turn back the clock.