Texas Now a Majority-Minority State
President Bush’s home state of Texas has become the fourth in the union to have more non-whites than whites.
Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday, a trend driven by a surging number of Hispanics moving to the state. According to the population estimates based on the 2000 Census, about 50.2 percent of Texans are now minorities. In the 2000 Census, minorities made up about 47 percent of the population in the second-largest state.
Texas joins California, New Mexico and Hawaii as states with majority-minority populations Ã¢€” with Hispanics the largest group in every state but Hawaii, where it is Asian-Americans. Five other states Ã¢€” Maryland, Mississippi, Georgia, New York and Arizona Ã¢€” aren’t far behind, with about 40 percent minorities.
Public policy analysts said these states and the country as a whole need to bring minority education and professional achievement to the levels of whites. Otherwise, these areas risk becoming poorer and less competitive.
William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., said lawmakers need to start with immigration reform, while striving to bring minorities’ education and salary levels in line with Anglos. “Immigration is good for the United States … it’s important for us to keep our doors open, but we need to keep an eye on the people coming in,” Frey said. “While initially it will be a state problem, eventually it will be a national issue, and education is the best way to deal with it.”
Of course, there’s nothing about “minority” status that precludes getting a good education. Certainly, it has not impeded Asians. Still, ensuring that Hispanics learn English quickly is of paramount importance.
Update (1348): The Blogosphere is starting to weigh in on this one.
A non-white, third-world influx of illegal aliens is bad for America any way you package it. Unlike European immigrants who came to the U.S. to assimilate into society, Mexicans have little interest in adopting the culture or the language.
The problem with this as I see it isn’t necessarily the numbers of immigrants, it is the quality. Immigrants should respect our laws, respect our culture and adopt our values. Otherwise, if they have no interest in doing these things, they should not emigrate. They should stay where they were born. Adopting our values and way of life should be part of the deal that allows them to come here.
What we have, though, is a bad neighbor to the south that is purging the lower levels of its racially stratified society by pushing them to come here however they can, to live in pockets, and never bother to assimilate into either our culture or values. These illegal immigrants so far don’t seem very interested in becoming Americans. They want to be Mexicans, displaced. And that’s the problem.
Does affirmative action now apply to whites in Texas, Hawaii, California and Arizona?
As several commenters below have noted, though, it makes about as much sense to lump all “Hispanics” together as it does all “Blacks” or “whites.” A huge percentage of the Hispanic populations of Texas and California have been there a lot longer than the Bushes and Schwarzeneggers. And speak better English, too.