America's Most Diverse Place? Kindergarten

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Baby in three color palettes (flickr user LaBellaVida (cc:by))

A new demographic study shows that just under half of children under 5 in America are non-white. 2010 may be the first year when fewer white babies will be born than babies of color.

Considering the demographic trend, does the word "minority" still even mean anything?

We talk with Kenneth Johnson, professor of sociology and senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute. He co-authored the report released yesterday on the growing diversity among America’s children and teenagers.

We also hear from Maria Hinojosa, the host and managing editor of NPR’s weekly radio show, Latino USA.


Maria Hinojosa and Kenneth Johnson

Produced by:

Marine Olivesi

Comments [14]

Mike from Wayne, NJ

Perhaps we can move away from terms like "people of color", which do not seem to be very constructive or useful. Many hispanic people are "white", and many white people are olive-skinned southern Mediterranean. What color are Asian people? We should speak to the fact that we are becoming an increasingly diverse nation, both ethinically and racially. Sounds pretty good to me!

Mar. 11 2010 05:15 PM
Bob from Oregon

I'm in the majority 90% that is left scrambling for enough of the 10% of funds left after the Minority 10% have taken the 90% of monies for their few selves.

Rather than worry about the differences in the color of our skins or the nations of our origins , a dialog amongst ourselves needs to be seeking our mutuality, rather than a resurgence of a divided populace ready to echo the divisive lecturing of Demagogues.

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Mar. 11 2010 02:57 PM
Jennifer Amador from SLC

Race is a social construction used to give power to one group of people. It started with giving property to white men of pure blood. With this property wealth was built while those with one drop of blood of color where denied this opportunity.

While being "colorblind"- only part of the human race - may be a long term goal it is not how we currently live in this country. We live in a society that is mostly unconsciously biased by people's skin color.

Until we all become aware of this and consciously make change, we are going to continue to allow our systems and institutions to perpetuate racism.

Mar. 11 2010 11:50 AM

It is white-centric when people talk about white vs people of color race. 'People of color' is not one race; When one talks about people of color it Chinese, Asian Indian, Blacks, Hispanics etc all together. So I don't think Whites are or will minority any time some. Chinese, Black Asian Indian, Hispanics etc are still minorities. So please stop whites vs non-whites

Mar. 11 2010 10:34 AM
Sally from Stillwater OK

The problem here is with the concept of 'white' and 'race'. If you lined up every person on the globe from darkest skin to lightest there is no break, no genetic 'race' difference -- just as from tallest to shortest, etc. We can talk ethnicities -- European American, African American, etc. but we are all one race, the human one.

Mar. 11 2010 10:25 AM
jimbo from the bronx

the bronx is the future and it dosent work

Mar. 11 2010 10:00 AM
Kathy from Denver, CO

Why is it not OK for Bill Gates to be a millionaire/billiionarie? He and his wife are tremendous philanthropists. Most young people polled today indicate they too, have dreams of being wildly, financially successful. That is the great thing about our country, we are free to use our intelligence, take risks, believe in ourselves, dream big and achieve. The anti-rich sentiment is troublesome and annoying (I am not rich).

Mar. 11 2010 09:54 AM
John from office

If Detroit, Zimbabwe, Haiti, South Africa, all of africa, Birminham, altanta, are the examples of what black leadershipo is, Maybe we need to rethink race and who can participate in government. Non are well run and all are failed states. Look at the MTA here in New York, largely african american, run terribly.

Mar. 11 2010 09:19 AM
Angela Hibbard from Detroit

I'll bet the Native Americans are listening to this and sayins, "Been there. Done that." Hope we white folk fare better than they did.

Mar. 11 2010 09:07 AM
matt from Detroit

My wife and I live in Detroit as a white minority, yet all the minority protections seem to protect non-whites only. We are clearly a minority and my US Congressional representative Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick still uses race-baiting to discriminate against political opponents. My wife, a Detroit public school teacher, is continually discriminated against at work by colleagues and students, simply because the politicians have created such a homogenized population as a result of Civil Rights legislation. This is real, and whites are already a minority. Why don't we discuss this in places where this has already has happened. You will find that discrimination is a coping mechanism that even a convicted criminal mayor can insight when trying to defend deplorable behavior, and as a result: whites are to blame for his situation-the attorney and judges that have exposed his criminal enterprise.

Mar. 11 2010 08:55 AM
Jennifer Amador from Salt Lake City

The term minority has a wholly negative connotation. It is time to move on from this word, both in terms of numbers and meaning. None of this, however, changes the disparities and inequities that face children of color in our school system. While an equal share of power will be sought, there is no way equal power will come to pass without teachers believing that John AND Juan are both equally capable of going to college. We have a long road ahead and the playing field is still not equal.

Mar. 11 2010 08:39 AM
B from Brooklyn

I thought your whole slant that this was somehow threatening to whites was obnoxious. The only thing really obnoxious was Maria Hinojosa's very last words: "I hope they have lots of babies." Now, there's a woman whose priorities are set!

Mar. 11 2010 08:24 AM
John from Office

Maria, is white and her kids will view themselves as white. I am hispanic and proud, but my language is English. Lose the spanish pronunciation.

Mar. 11 2010 08:16 AM
John from Office

What will happen is the the line designating who is white will be moved, as it has been in the past. Germans and the Irish and greeks and Italians were not viewed as "White" at one time.
Hispanics, and Arab Americans will becaome the new white and the white population will remain a majority.

Mar. 11 2010 08:07 AM

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