It was actually not much of a shock to find out there were more non-white babies born last year. But cool to see it all over Twitter and Facebook. Because you know, my babies were born last year. I was celebrating that a bit, although, apparently not so many people were excited about it. Not that I’ve actually seen articles expressing wringing-of-the-hands, “What are we going to do now?” but there are some subtly negative responses and the implications are interesting. But, probably again not much of a shock.
A friend on Facebook responded to the Time article about the recent data on minority babies:
I find this article very telling and troubling: The subtitle reads, “The data has gotten attention because of fears that it threatens our national identity, but it signals a blending of culture more than anything else.” I can tell you that for Hispanic and other minority US CITIZENS, this does not feel like a threat. But besides that, it is not a threat but an evolution of our national identity. And finally, why does this author feel the need at all to assuage any of these supposed fears? Why does he feel this need to calm people down by calling it a blending rather than a threat? This subtitle and article marginalizes a massive segment of the US population, and it shows a gross ignorance that is inexcusable for a psychology and criminology professor…
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