Sunday, July 25, 2010
National Journal Magazine - The Gray And The Brown: The Generational Mismatch
A CONTRAST IN PRIORITIES IS ARISING BETWEEN NONWHITE YOUNG VOTERS AND WHITE, OLDER VOTERS.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
by Ronald Brownstein
In an age of diminished resources, the United States may be heading for an intensifying confrontation between the gray and the brown.
Two of the biggest demographic trends reshaping the nation in the 21st century increasingly appear to be on a collision course that could rattle American politics for decades. From one direction, racial diversity in the United States is growing, particularly among the young. Minorities now make up more than two-fifths of all children under 18, and they will represent a majority of all American children by as soon as 2023, demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution predicts.
This is a fascinating analysis of changing racial demographics in America and its political repercussions. There is an excellent interactive graph which illustrates this change. One must however not make simplistic assumptions that racial and ethnic minorities think and act alike or even share common political agenda. There are obvious areas of conflict between ethnic minorities on issues of education policy and over blue collar jobs. Even with this caveat this is an interesting piece.
John H. Armwood