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Minorities Are Now Majority Of U.S. Births, Census Says

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
May 17, 2012

“For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S,” The Associated Press writes.

As USA Today adds, that news from the Census Bureau is “a sign of how swiftly the USA is becoming a nation of younger minorities and older whites.”

Census estimates, USA Today says, that:

“Hispanics, blacks, Asians and other minorities in 2011 accounted for 50.4% of births, 49.7% of all children under 5 and slightly more than half of the 4 million kids under 1.”

According to Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University, “this is an important landmark.”

“This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders,” he tells the AP.

The New York Times says the shift “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.”

It adds that “whites still represent the single largest share of all births, at 49.6 percent, and are an overwhelming majority in the population as a whole, at 63.4 percent.” [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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