It is a routine Census Bureau release during the week that schools start in many places across America. Why would major newspapers make it front page news? Because it is a harbinger of the American future. Just a little over half (53 percent) of these children are White. Nearly half are "minorities," and we are soon going to have find a different word since all ethnic groups will soon be minorities in the way demographers use that term. One in four are Hispanic. One in eight are Black. The Asian segment has increased by a quarter in the last decade and the multiethnic segment by a third. These children will graduate from high school in 2024 and Whites will be a minority in the adult America they will live in.
This is why you hear so much reactionary hysteria these days. This is why negative attitudes about immigration have become so widespread, despite the fact that 100% of White Americans are the descendants of immigrants, most of whom arrived here without legal papers. It is really about ethnicity, not economics or the law or any of the other propaganda terms. TV personality Glenn Beck is calling for a rally on the capital mall in Washington aimed at "restoring honor" to the country. Who was the last major politician to launch a movement with the same theme? Hint: It was during a depressed economy and a time when the nation in question had a lot of ethnic resentments. He eventually won election because too many people did not vote their conscience.
This ethnic transition is not going to be easy for America. No one can really predict how it will play out and what the unintended consequences of the political reactions will come to. It will be a real test of the values of those who think of themselves as people of faith, especially the followers of Jesus.