The low birth rate of the ‘millennials’ and the opiate epidemic has reduced the race, in front of the unstoppable increase of Hispanics and Asians
It was known that the United States was moving towards racial diversity and that one day whites will end up being a minority, which explains the growing animosity towards immigration. What was not known is that it will happen as with climate change, which is going much faster than previously thought.
The data of the new census that is published this Thursday and that is collected only once a decade, will reveal, according to what The Washington Post has anticipated, that the process is accelerating. Over the past four years, a million fewer whites had been registered annually, which is enough to wipe out any growth in the white population between 2010 and 2016. That means whites will become a minority eight years sooner than later. than expected. The opioid epidemic and the low birth rate in the millennial generation are the main reasons, William Frey, a demographic analyst at the Brookings Institution, told the newspaper.
If the advance is confirmed, the white population falls below 60% for the first time among those under 18 years of age. At this rate white couples will soon see their children go to minority schools where they will play with large numbers of Hispanic children. While the percentage of African Americans remains stable and that of Anglo-Saxons declines, that of Asians has doubled from a modest 3% and that of Hispanics represents half of all the growth of the country. Since the last census of 2010 it would have reached up to 20%, at the rate of one million more each year. And that the government of Donald Trump did everything possible to limit the response of Hispanics to the census questionnaire that was carried out house-to-house between 2019 and 2020.
Population data is used to distribute budgets and even to redesign electoral constituencies in Congress. It brings with it a change of power, as two Senate seats are granted to each state, in a shrinking rural America, where the inhabitants of states like Nebraska or Montana will have much more power to decide what happens in Washington. Rural areas lost 0.5% of their population in the last decade, while cities and their residential belts increased 8%.
The districts of the Lower House, however, are periodically adjusted to population numbers and their borders are drawn largely according to census and political interests. It took the government to court to prevent the census questions from intimidating the undocumented Hispanic population, who still largely preferred not to give their data to a government manifestly hostile to their presence. However, the growth of Hispanics has been evident, especially in eastern states such as Arizona, Nevada or Colorado.
The census, however, does not take into account the effect of the pandemic that has caused an exodus from the city to the countryside and the return of many Hispanic hospitality workers to their countries of origin. Those who did not receive unemployment or state aid could not survive as long with the restaurants and hotels closed.