Goodbye, White America|
Dr. Grave Vuoto
May 11, 2011
The numbers are in: the white population is moribund. The latest figures from the
2010 census point to the emergence of a new America to be eventually dominated by
minorities, especially Hispanics and Asians, the two fastest-growing ethnic groups
in the land.
By 2041 minorities will be the new majority. This demographic change is occurring
at an even more meteoric pace than previously anticipated. America’s white population
dropped from 69.1 percent in 2000 to 63.7 in 2010, while the minority population
grew from 30.9 percent in 2000 to 36.3 percent in 2010.
One out of every six Americans is now Latino—a total of 50.5 million, up from 35.3
million in 2000. The Asian population increased an astounding 43 percent since 2000,
going from 10.2 million in 2000 to about 14.7 million in 2010. In just a few years,
by 2015, there will be more minorities under the age of 18 than whites—meaning the
future of this nation is now clearly and irreversibly in the hands of non-whites.
Four states are already majority-minority: Hawaii, New Mexico, California, and Texas.
And 46 of America's 366 metro areas, including New York, Washington and San Diego
are no longer dominated by Caucasians.
Blacks too, America’s previous largest minority group, are gradually being outnumbered,
especially by the surging Latino population. In 2003, Latinos became the nation’s
largest minority, eclipsing blacks for the first time. Hispanics are currently 16.3
percent of the total U.S. population. In contrast, blacks now represent 12.6 percent,
or 38.9 million. Hispanics now outnumber blacks in 191 of 366 metropolitan centers;
in other words, in more than half of America’s biggest cities, there are more Latinos
The declining population of blacks in metropolitan areas is due to a trend of affluent,
educated blacks moving to the southern states. The erosion of the black population
on the whole, however, is caused by the very high—even disproportionate—rate of
abortion in black communities. Since 1973, black women have had over 17 million
abortions; approximately 574,000 every year. Without so many abortions, the black
population would currently be above 52 million, still the largest minority group.
In some cities such as New York, according to the New York Department of Health,
59.8 percent of abortions in 2009 were of black babies. That amounts to more than
twice their percentage of the municipal population—staggering figures with concomitant
predictable results in the 2010 census.
When historians examine all these statistics in the future, they will surely ask
why the Caucasian population extinguished itself: How did a race that created the
finest republic in the history of the world eventually find itself in the minority
of that very republic? Ironically, it is not white-black antagonism, based on the
central original national sins of slavery and segregation that have led to this
downfall. Instead, both whites and blacks have failed to reproduce themselves in
sufficient numbers to retain their population status. Hence, it was not any loathing
of one another but self-loathing that has been the biggest problem in both groups.
Caucasians in particular have, since the 1960s, sought a collective punishment for
their previous prowess. Many American whites adopted the liberal mantra that preserving
one’s race is a form of xenophobic chauvinism—even discussing such a topic is viewed
as in and of itself a form of racism. Whites embraced the creed of reducing births
and catering less to the needs of the family—while simultaneously increasing the
number of immigrants. Whites did not bank on the fact that others—Asians and Hispanics—would
not be following the same policies of grandiloquent self-destruction and self-abnegation
but would instead simply fill the emerging population vacuum.
The good news for conservatives is that many Hispanics and Asians value strong families,
hard work and entrepreneurship. They want a piece of the American Dream. Like previous
waves of immigrants—Italians, Irish, Poles—Hispanics and Asians can be natural conservative
allies. However, for the past 40 years, liberalism has championed the lethal combination
of multiculturalism and unlimited immigration. The result is increased Balkanization
and the rise of identity politics—which favors the further growth of liberalism,
to the detriment of all our most cherished traditional values.We are no longer a
nation with a common identity; we don’t even agree on the basics such as what our
constitution really says. Worse, we have an impoverished culture based on sexual
permissiveness and government dependency that ultimately denigrates us all.
Conservatives need to understand that, if they wish to preserve the traditional
America of limited government, rugged individualism, free-market capitalism and
family values, they must adapt quickly to the new demographic realities. Minorities
are the future; America is browning and we must speed up our efforts to ensure that
minorities are well-versed in the values that made us an economic marvel and the
Ironically while all groups in America, except whites, are taught to be proud of
their culture, whites are made to feel ashamed of their contributions to the nation.
Hence, they have happily swallowed a suicide pill.
Goodbye, white America. It was nice knowing you.
-Dr. Grace Vuoto is the Executive Director of the Edmund
Burke Institute for American Renewal