October 9, 2006

WIDE OPEN SAFETY VALVE:

The next 100 million and the face of America, (Brad Knickerbocker, 10/10/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

Between the last official census in 2000 and the one of 2050, non-Hispanic whites will have dwindled from 69 percent to a bare majority of 50.1 percent. The share who are Hispanic will have doubled to 24 percent. Asians also will have doubled to 8 percent of the population. African-Americans will have edged up to 14 percent. [...]

When historian Frederick Jackson Turner declared the American frontier "closed" in 1893, he was using the Census Bureau definition of "frontier" as areas having no more than six people per square mile. By that same density definition, the number of such counties actually has been increasing: from 388 in 1980 to 397 in 1990 to 402 in 2000. Kansas has more "frontier" land now than it did in 1890.


All this as Europe, China, and India implode demographically, which will leave us even more powerful than we are today. We just keep becoming more like us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 9, 2006 6:42 PM
Comments

It really was a "nothing" sort of article. Discussing population trends whinin he contest of the old "minority-majority" idea.

That line only makes sense within the Nineteenth Century racist identification of culture with race. It really is quite a non-sequitur to suggest that individuals who choose to immigrate do so in order to change the place to which they came into the place they left.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 9, 2006 9:14 PM

India isn't going to implode demographically. If China got rid of the one-child policy they probably wouldn't either.

Posted by: pj at October 9, 2006 9:26 PM

Lou:

Yes, but 13% of Americans still are Darwinists.

Posted by: oj at October 10, 2006 8:38 AM
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