April 3, 2019

America's white population declining? Depends how you define "white"

American Immigration Council - - For years, politicians, the media, and social scientists have predicted a declining white-majority population in the United States and a not-too-distant future where minorities assume political dominance. However, demographic realities are far more complex than we think, and a declining white majority may not be as imminent as once thought. Yet for some members of the American public, the idea of a white-minority future creates a sense of anxiety and for others a sense of pride. However, most feel indifferent.

The Pew Research Center shows the public is basically split on the question of whether a declining white majority is good (35 percent), bad (23 percent) or neither bad nor good (40 percent) for America.

However, the underlying question may be moot.

... The U.S. population has an increasingly fluid way of identifying its racial and ethnic backgrounds. In addition, many Americans are mixed-race and choose more than one racial or ethnic category to describe themselves.

It’s possible that America’s white population (the group who self-identify as white-only) is in numerical decline, but the group of people who identify as white-plus-something else is growing.

If you count everyone who self-identifies as white (regardless of their second identity), then the white population in the United States is expanding.

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