For the first time in U.S. history, most of the nation’s babies are members of minority groups, according to new census figures that signal the dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority.
The latest estimates, which gauge changes since the last census, are a reflection of an immigration wave that began four decades ago. The transformation of the country’s racial and ethnic makeup has gathered steam as the white population grows collectively older, especially compared with Hispanics.
The census has forecast that non-Hispanic whites will be outnumbered in the United States by 2042, and social scientists consider that current status among infants a harbinger of the change.
“This is a watershed moment,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University who specializes in family issues. “It shows us how multicultural we’ve become.”
About once a year, I dig out my Ken Burns Lewis and Clark video to watch. I always cry and I am not sure why. I believe it just amazes me. It amazes me that my homies were able to traverse this continent and make it back with only one death–from appendicitis. The Corp of Discovery happened 250 years ago. Amazing. 250 years ago we really knew nothing about the interior of what is now the United States.
I call them my homies because Meriwether Lewis is an Albemarle County guy. My cousins are closely related to him and his family. He worked for TJ, another homie. How could I not cry? How could the Corp of Discovery accomplish all this? Why didn’t the Native Indians overpower these 38 men, take their weapons and possessions and rule the roost? Watch the video. The Corp of Discovery might be one of the top 5 most important events in American history. It is totally amazing that this small band of men and eventually one woman, Sacajawea, could cross this vast continent and return with samples, notes, animals, and even dinosaur bones.