Latino babies are taking over the world!
This morning, the country was sent into a tizzy over the news that minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S, largely due to the birthrates among the Latino population. According to Census Burea data made public today, non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July while minorities--including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race -- reached 50.4 percent. To which my reaction is… NO KIDDING!
Seriously? Is it really news that the country has rapidly become much more diverse in recent years, with particular growth in the nation's Hispanic community? Or that the minority women involved in this diversification have babies? I don't think so. In fact, the "new data" doesn't represent a change as much as a confirmation of what everyone has already seen coming for years.
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But the fact that this information is hardly groundbreaking isn't what bothers me. What's much, much worse is that now that the New York Times has gone ahead and verified what most people already knew anyway, the national focus on immigration laws has once again been unnecessarily fueled. Everyone on both sides of the debate is freaking the hell out--as in "Yay for Latinos!" or "How can the government let this happen!"
The question is WHY? I get it. Immigration is a big, important issue that influences people both in and out of the U.S. But hello, immigration from Mexico is now at a net ZERO, as in no one is trying to get in anymore. Know why? Cause our economy currently in in the toilet and everyone--even those with higher education--are having problems finding jobs! Aren't those the problems we should really be focusing on right now?
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Even Latinos are more concerned about other issues more than immigration. A recent poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Beck Research shows that Latino voters agreed that a good education for their kids is more important to them than immigration. And how can they provide that when they are losing their jobs and the dire condition of our economy won't allow for increased opportunity, like through scholarship programs or funding to low-income families?
Yes, the minority population, especially among Hispanics, is growing in the U.S and causing shifts in today's racial disparities. The world sees it and acknowledges it. But it is definitely not our current biggest problem...so can we all just move on now?
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