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Welcome to America, Soon-to-Be Land of the White Minority

We must understand and prepare for the implications of such profound shifts in the demographic order.

In another telling truism about how 'demography is destiny", the Census Bureau recently released a report with a most radical implication: whites will be a 'minority' by 2042 or a full 8 years before most experts predicted. Coming from places like California, many of us have witnessed firsthand some of the white minority dynamics that will define the future United States Of América. Scholars like my friend David Hayes-Bautista, writers like Dale Maharidge, author of the ever-prescient "The Coming White Minority", and people in Whiteness Studies programs have long analyzed the extreme fluidity of whiteness. Yet, the news from the Census is nothing less than astonishing in terms of its political, economic, and cultural implications.



Viewed from the perspective of such startling demographic developments, the current anti-migrant climate, a climate filled with fear and with tragedies like the recently reported death of Chinese immigrant Hui Lui Ng , reflect the workings of personal and institutional fear or what I call "White Fear" in this article. Though I do not have any direct insight into the workings of the mind of An Other, I imagine that news of the coming white minority status must inspire images like those depicted in this photo-parody by San Diego-based Chicano artists Richard Lou and Robert Sanchez formerly known as "LosAnthropolocos":
Roberto Lovato, a frequent Nation contributor, is a New York-based writer with New America Media.
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