It seems that we are becoming a true melting pot far faster than was predicted.
National Geographic says, “The U.S. Census Bureau has collected detailed data on multiracial people only since 2000, when it first allowed respondents to check off more than one race, and 6.8 million people chose to do so. Ten years later that number jumped by 32 percent, making it one of the fastest growing categories. The multiple-race option has been lauded as progress by individuals frustrated by the limitations of the racial categories established in the late 18th century by German scientist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, who divided humans into five “natural varieties” of red, yellow, brown, black, and white.”
… “Although the multiple-race option is still rooted in that taxonomy, it introduces the factor of self-determination. It’s a step toward fixing a categorization system that, paradoxically, is both erroneous (since geneticists have demonstrated that race is biologically not a reality) and essential (since living with race and racism is). The tracking of race is used both to enforce antidiscrimination laws and to identify health issues specific to certain populations.”
The article showcases a portfolio of photos of what people will look like in the not too distant future — and they are beautiful! The point is, “race” as we have defined it in the past, may not even be a biological reality. In the future, skin color will hopefully be treated no differently than hair or eye color genes – it’s just a color. There is no “race” about it in the future. Pay attention and adapt — we are at an important pivotal shift NOW.
“The Census Bureau is aware that its racial categories are flawed instruments, disavowing any intention “to define race biologically, anthropologically, or genetically.” And indeed, for most multiple-race Americans, including the people pictured here, identity is a highly nuanced concept, influenced by politics, religion, history, and geography, as well as by how the person believes the answer will be used.”
In addition, William Frey with Brookings institute recently reported that based on the most recent numbers, we’re beginning to reach a tipping point — and for the first time in the last century, we have more white deaths than births creating an older age structure. This is not an epidemic of death but one caused by lower fertility rate among aging whites.
And Farnaz Wallace, a highly respected consultant on cultural issues says, “Everyone knew this would happen by 2020, but Frey reports that they are seeing this in 2012 numbers….8 years earlier and much sooner than expected. For the first time, half of children under 5 are non-white and 14 states are minority-majority. The young minority population is on the rise and will be the main work population in the next two decades as 10-12 million white boomers retire. Like it or not, this is good news. Otherwise, we will end up with declining labor force population much like Europe. It is the younger multiculturals that will help our country stay afloat.”
Check out the pictures and read more for yourself here >>
The Changing Face of America
We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white.