The Pew Research Center recently published a new study titled “The Next America”. In it, the organization discloses the continued massive demographic shift in the United States, looking at a number of areas from age to race to views on entitlements.
As we’ve reported here at Theden, Whites are slowly ceding ground in the US to other ethnicities, namely Hispanics and Asians. According to Pew’s projections, “our new racial tapestry is being woven by the more than 40 million immigrants who have arrived since 1965, about half of them Hispanics and nearly three-in-ten Asians.”
Pew’s report continues, reinforcing the fact that massive immigration is the single driving force behind the country’s demographic shift. They note that “our modern immigrants are different from the big waves of newcomers who came in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries. Back then, about nine-in-ten immigrants were from Europe. Today only about 12% are from Europe.”
Interestingly enough, Pew notes something that drew criticism of Jeb Bush recently, when he pointed out that our current immigrants typically have large families and high birthrates:
No matter where they come from, immigrants are strivers. They’re optimists. And they tend to have a lot of kids. Our immigrant stock – that’s immigrants and their children – is projected to make up about 37 percent of our population by mid-century, the highest share in our history.
One positive aspect, perhaps, of this shift is that fairly soon, cries of “White privilege” will no longer have much relevance. It’s difficult to contend that one group, and one group only, is your oppressor and sole instigator of all the ills that have befallen your group, seeing as that oppressor group is fast becoming a minority in many respects throughout the country. (It doesn’t mean they won’t continue to try, however, as evidenced by a recent ‘anti-racist’ conference in Michigan.)
The Pew study also touches on perceptions of people of mixed race, and mixed-race marriages. A fairly revealing graphic Pew included was how people perceived President Obama. According to their data, the only group that viewed Obama as black and black only were black people themselves, with 55 percent indicating that view of the president. Another interesting reveal is found in the percentages regarding groups and out-marriage:
More than a quarter of Hispanic and Asian newlyweds “marry out”, as do one-in-six blacks and one-in-ten whites. Whites are still the largest race group, so even though they “marry out” at lower rates, they still account for 70% of all interracial marriages.
(You racist White devils, you.)
From a perspective of age, the Pew report touches on Millennials, writing that “they’re the most racially and ethnically diverse generation ever,” with “more than four-in-ten (being) non-White.” Progressive idea promotion has been hard at work with Millennials, according to Pew, who highlighted the fact that “Millennials have voted more Democratic than older voters in the past five national elections.” This is shown by the fact that Millennials, “at least so far, are strong supporters of a more activist government,” and the finding that nearly seven-in-ten “favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry,” while only 48 percent of Baby Boomers do, and just 38 percent of Pew’s Silent Generation grouping.
According to Pew, Millennials will have a hard time reconciling that support of larger, activist government with the reality of the financial means for entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicaid. 10,000 Baby Boomers are expected to join the ranks of Social Security and Medicaid beneficiaries daily from now until 2030, meaning that the US will have “just two workers per beneficiary – down from three-to-one now, five-to-one in 1960, and more than forty-to-one in 1945.”
This means that, according to Pew, the “math of the 20th century simply won’t work in the 21st. Today’s young are paying taxes to support a level of benefits for today’s old that they have no realistic chance of receiving when they become old.” Accordingly, “just 6% of Millennials say they expect to receive full benefits from Social Security when they retire. Fully half believe they’ll get nothing.”
Pew concludes their report by pointing out that “more than 50 million, a record, are living in multi-generational family households, their fortunes braided together, because that turns out to be a good way to make ends meet in hard times.” For some odd reason, Pew fails to make a connection between the massive wave of immigration starting 50 years ago, and the fact that record numbers of Americans are living in multi-generational households. (A pattern well-known and established throughout most of the undeveloped, or underdeveloped world.) Instead, Pew tries to put a positive spin on it, hoping that “if Americans can bring to the public square the same genius for generational interdependence they bring to their family lives, the politics will become less toxic and the policy choices less forbidding.”
As always, those in the Cathedral posit diversity and immigration as unquestioned goods, even as data of all kinds tell them otherwise. As evidenced well beyond the US, and as predicted by writers such as Lothrop Stoddard and Jean Raspail, the Western world is being “colonized from below”. So far, given the above as well as our lower social trust and rising class inequality, it’s difficult to call positive in any way at all.
from Pew Research Center on “The Next America”