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I get to the New York Times web page, and right there in the upper left hand portion of the front page is this headline: Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.  Not that we haven't known this was coming:

After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.
 Really, this is unexceptional news: in the year that ended in July 2011,
Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births.
Hence the Dream Act, hence the problems the Republican Party is having.  Really no surprise, and I'd guess for the great majority of us here this is just how it is, and it's interesting.  But for some people the world is coming to an end now.

And now for some top comments from the right-wing blogosphere.

At Freep the link is to the Wall Street Journal, which has some good maps.  
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BUT they're confused about what the map says.  some of them think the legend is the share of births bar chart, not the overall population percentage majority line at the top:

the legend is all the same red.............what’s up with that
I wondered also. Perhaps the legend didn’t want to appear raciss...
Whatever.

It's more disturbing beyond that.  Marvel at the explanatory matrix:

More whites are required to work so that those on welfare can continue to procreate and pop out kids. White men such as myself are in the dubious position of having to work, pay taxes, pay my mortgage and bills, and then find time to have children. The “minorities” seem content procreating with little regard for the welfare of the child, so realistically, this report isn’t saying anything more than minorities are procreating at a faster rate than whites.

Minorities also tend to be incarcerated more and involved in more murders than whites, so the scales likely balance out over the span of decades.

Malthusian!
In 50 years (or maybe less) the US will have become a Third World nation...all thanks to the immigration policies of the Rat Party,led by the likes of Ted Kennedy.
 Ted Kennedy! Never mind that Ronald Reagan signed it.
I blame the feminist movement, personally. More women working into their 30s and pushing their biological clocks further and further. When they do have babies, they have one, maybe two. Three-plus-child households are rare among whites.

Then there’s the media pushing this fake image of beauty, women become self-conscious and don’t want to have babies in fear of going all “fun house mirror.”

Meanwhile, those who do have babies young find out how difficult it is to raise a child with a lower income and don’t want to have another until they are “established.”

It’s become impossible to raise a child in a single-income household and still hold on to this ideal that life is all sunshine and butterflies. Reality is a cruel mistress, but minorities don’t care about that; many are content with sucking on the public teat.

 The Women's Movement!
Does this mean that “white minority children” are now eligible for all those preferences now given to other minorities? Will they be eligible for “affirmative action” programs, CHIP, Head start, etc? Being the cynic that I am I already know the answer, I'm just curious what their hypocritical explanation will be.
The white victims!

Red State? National Review Online? Lucianne.com?  CRICKETS.

This is the problem the Right has. A statistic like this is all about opportunity, specifically the opportunity this nation has to make good on all the promises of equality contained in the Constitution.  Seems that the difference between how we see this as Democrats and how they see this as whatever they are is that we see an entire nation, and all they see is a country divided into at least three groups:  white, privileged minority, non-white people on welfare.

Maybe it's like marriage equality.  As more people get to know their multicultural neighbors, maybe they'll understand that even thought there are cultural and religious differences we're more like each other than we are unlike each other.  Maybe that's why the big cities of California are as Democratic as they are, like Houston, like Chicago, like Boston, like New York.

The Times article concludes with this:

And the fact that the country is getting a burst of births from nonwhites is a huge advantage, argues Dowell Myers, professor of policy, planning and demography at the University of Southern California. European societies with low levels of immigration now have young populations that are too small to support larger aging ones, exacerbating problems with the economy.

“If the U.S. depended on white births alone, we’d be dead,” Mr. Myers said. “Without the contributions from all these other groups, we would become too top-heavy with old people.”

Exactly.
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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu May 17, 2012 at 07:40:55 AM PDT

  •  Uh oh those Quiverfull (3+ / 0-)

    people have not been keeping up on the job!  The Duggars are going to have to start popping out twins.

    Seriously, as you stated, we've known this demographic shift was coming but it's going to be scary watching those on the right accept the changing reality.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Thu May 17, 2012 at 07:59:57 AM PDT

  •  Where Does This End? (0+ / 0-)

    European societies with low levels of immigration now have young populations that are too small to support larger aging ones, exacerbating problems with the economy

    You use the word 'Malthusian'. What Malthus understood is that the graph of 'growth' is the graph of an exponential function. Malthus also I believe was versed enough in mathematics to understand what that graph means.

    European societies with low levels of immigration now have young populations that are too small to support larger aging ones

    What is being described here is essentially a Ponzi scheme wherein the supply of the 'young population' must continue to grow at some percentage (again, the graph of an exponential function).

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:07:12 AM PDT

    •  well, it was early on the west coast (0+ / 0-)

      I used it in the popularized sense to apply to anything that appeals to the specter of overpopulation?  Would you be happier with "Swiftian?"

      -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

      by Dave in Northridge on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:09:29 AM PDT

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      •  You Don't Answer The Question (0+ / 0-)

        Where does it end? 'Infinity' is not a real number.

        I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

        by superscalar on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:11:14 AM PDT

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        •  No, and I didn't realize who you were (1+ / 0-)
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          terrypinder

          I'm not planning to answer it until you tell me when your ancestors arrived in the United States and which immigration laws were n place when they arrived.  Mine arrived between 1893 and 1905, and participated in legal family reunification.

          -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

          by Dave in Northridge on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:25:11 AM PDT

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          •  What The Fuck Does This Mean? (0+ / 0-)

            Mine arrived between 1893 and 1905, and participated in legal family reunification

            So this gives you some special rights? If I say that my family arrived here last week, does that give me some lesser rights then you? Is this how you somehow measure who has a right to an opinion and who doesn't, and who gives you this right?

            Two points:

            1.) The discussion isn't about me, and your pivot is the same type of shit that Rush Limbaugh pulls on a daily basis but here's a heads up Johnny, you aren't Rush Limbaugh safe inside his bubble where he can control the discussion.

            2.) Between 1893 and 1905 there were no Federal taxes, no State taxes, no WIC, no school lunch programs, no school breakfast programs, no Federal education mandate, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum. You want to return to the polices of 1900 in the U.S., bring it the fuck on.

            Now answer the damn question. Where does it end?

            I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

            by superscalar on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:34:03 AM PDT

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        •  it ends at a minority-majority nation. (1+ / 0-)
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          Dave in Northridge

          get the fuck over it. :)

          I'm struck by how the meanest, cruelest, nastiest people brag about how they live in a Christian nation. It's rather telling.

          by terrypinder on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:57:59 AM PDT

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          •  Everybody Here Seems To Think That I Am (0+ / 0-)

            Talking about ethnic make-up, along with the usual inferences that I somehow afraid of that -- I'm not and I never have been -- and I'm not talking about the ethnic make-up of the U.S.

            I'm talking about four, or three, or two, percent 'growth' in a population.

            I'm talking about exponential growth in a system ... any system.

            I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

            by superscalar on Thu May 17, 2012 at 09:10:07 AM PDT

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            •  the US grows at 1.9%/yr (2+ / 0-)
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              Dave in Northridge, Wee Mama

              and that rate is dropping as birthrates fall---across all groups. Most of our growth is from immigration (and in this hemisphere where most of our immigrants originate, birthrates are also falling.)

              i do not think, for a variety of reasons, some of them rather unpleasent, the exponential growth of the last century will repeat in this one.

              I'm struck by how the meanest, cruelest, nastiest people brag about how they live in a Christian nation. It's rather telling.

              by terrypinder on Thu May 17, 2012 at 09:21:16 AM PDT

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            •  So basically you admit (1+ / 0-)
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              Dave in Northridge

              you're doing a threadjack for your hobby horse problem because you're too lazy to bother to look up the studies.

              Google is your friend.  Search "United States" and peak population.  

  •  What's disturbing is the comment that implies (4+ / 0-)

    that ONLY minority children are eligible for Head Start, CHIP, and the like.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:22:46 AM PDT

  •  I have never liked the term "minority" (3+ / 0-)

    when referring to people of color.  Perhaps it will eventually be canned here in the U.S.  

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:38:05 AM PDT

    •  I hope that will be the result (3+ / 0-)

      It's going to be difficult, given the number of years (I'm thinking the Progressive Era here) during which the appeal to consider us all "Americans" was an attempt to cloak ethnic difference.  Maybe now, it will have a different meaning.

      -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

      by Dave in Northridge on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:40:29 AM PDT

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      •  Me too. It is not going to be easy (2+ / 0-)
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        Dave in Northridge, Wee Mama

        and the latest r-wing efforts to restrict certain classes/colors of immigrants, along with the attacks on the undocumented are fanning racism and xenophobia.

        Much of the reaction is fear-based hate.  

        Ironically - none of the wingnuts want to deal with actual history -  Indigenous folks and Spanish speakers have been here since before the U.S. became a reality, as were black Africans.

        "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

        by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:49:22 AM PDT

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  •  ironically, they made the same argument (3+ / 0-)

    about that formerly huge Catholic birth-rate.

    (although, I do note the Protestants no longer have an outright supermajority anymore. But that's because the Non-religious have grown too. Oh and Mormons.)

    I'm struck by how the meanest, cruelest, nastiest people brag about how they live in a Christian nation. It's rather telling.

    by terrypinder on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:57:06 AM PDT

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