Thursday, March 11, 2010

A baby paradox

Minority births on track to outnumber white births, by Hope Yen, AP via Yahoo! News.

Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years.

In fact, demographers say this year could be the "tipping point" when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.

The numbers are growing because immigration to the U.S. has boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. Minorities made up 48 percent of U.S. children born in 2008, the latest census estimates available, compared to 37 percent in 1990.

"Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century. For America's children, the future is now," said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends in a paper being released Wednesday.

Johnson explained there are now more Hispanic women of prime childbearing age who tend to have more children than women of other races. More white women are waiting until they are older to have children, but it is not yet known whether that will have a noticeable effect on the current trend of increasing minority newborns.

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Whites currently make up two-thirds of the total U.S. population, and recent census estimates suggest the number of minorities may not overtake the number of whites until 2050.

First of all, if there are going to be more nonwhite people in a country than white people, it is becoming increasingly illogical to call nonwhite people "minorities." I have never liked calling people minorities, because most "minority" people aren't a minority in the world. There are 1 and 1/2 continents full of Latino people, 1 continent full of black people, and a ginormous continent full of Asian people. Yet they are "minorities". Hmm.

Second, this phenomenon of minorities overtaking white people (?) is primarily attributed to "immigration" boosting "the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years" "who tend to have more children than women of other races." Oh my.

a) Not all Hispanic people immigrated here. Some Hispanic people were actually born here. So were their ancestors.

b) Some Hispanic people are white. Who knew? I think these people knew. These people, too!

Third, another assumption in the article is that white women give birth to white babies, Hispanic women give birth to Hispanic babies, Asian women give birth to Asian babies and so on. But what about Native American and Middle Eastern babies in the US? What about Kendra's baby? What about Nicole Richie and her unfortunately named babies?

Fourth, I'm of childbearing age, yet where are the 2.13 children that I am supposedly having? How can I contribute to the upheaval of American society?


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