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    Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births - Yahoo! News <-- source

    WASHINGTON (AP) For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.

    New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation's racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now resulting in fewer Hispanics entering the U.S.

    "This is an important landmark," said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. "This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders."

    So what should a "representative government" look like now?

    Is our government truly representative?

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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    What is the real definition of a minority? Do Hispanics still count as a minority or when will they cease being a minority?
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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    What is the real definition of a minority? Do Hispanics still count as a minority or when will they cease being a minority?
    From a statistical point of view, Hispanics will still be a minority until they have a plurality of the population.

    In regards to the above report, Hispanics accounted for 26% of births while "whites" accounted for 49%.

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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    So what should a "representative government" look like now?

    Is our government truly representative?
    I've never understood what questions like this are supposed to mean. Are we supposed to instate a quota for various races? Yeah, that'll totally solve our racial divide problems, and it's worked out so fabulously in the past for racial groups and women. Forcing people to think inside racial lines by pretending as though their skin color somehow represents their interests in a monolithic fashion, and consequently encouraging the current "us vs. them" mentality, is not the way towards equality. It's the way to yet more unending culture wars.

    How about this. How about we just focus of giving everyone opportunities and education and then they can decide what they want to do with it. Once we start actually doing that, this will cease to be a problem

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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    From a statistical point of view, Hispanics will still be a minority until they have a plurality of the population.

    In regards to the above report, Hispanics accounted for 26% of births while "whites" accounted for 49%.
    That is a very true and statistical statement. But if Hispanics account for 25% of the population, will they still be minorities?

    Basically, when does a group lose minority status? Would you go on pure statistics or once two groups account for 80% of the population? Just throwing it out there.

    Will whites become a minority?
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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    Congress.org &ndash; Get informed, get involved <-- clicky

    Things are a bit lopsided are they not?

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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Congress.org – Get informed, get involved <-- clicky

    Things are a bit lopsided are they not?
    Are you gunna address the issue I raised?

    Yeah, if you're assuming brown people have monolithic beliefs, and if you think it's productive to drive home racial compartmentalization and create even more division than there already is.

    What is your solution? Try the quota thing again?

    What is wrong with just trying to get everyone educated and able to attain mobility if they want to? How is just working from that basis not a good enough solution?

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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    I don't think we should base government representation on matching percentages with races. We should base government representation on who best represents the views of the people. I would not want to be limited to a white candidate I don't support just because the candidate I DO like is Asian or black or Hispanic or Indian, or whatever.

    As long as all citizens can and do vote, we have representative government. If we have crappy representation because of our own apathy or stubbornness it's our own fault...but it's still representative.
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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    With birth rates like this, whites will soon be a minority.

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    Re: Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births

    I am not suggesting forcing ratios on race and gender in congress that equal the civilian population.

    However, I think it's beyond quite clear that our current government make-up is fvcking up and in need of a thorough flushing.

    Having the country managed by 80-85% white males is NOT working.

    Or are you suggesting you're happy with how things are right now?

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