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America's Majority Becoming New Minority: White Births at 49%

Equal rights and affirmative action legislation may someday have to be applied to white Americans, given current census figures.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/17/2012, 4:06 PM

Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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Equal rights affirmative action legislation may someday have to be applied to American citizens "of no color," given current census figures.

The U.S. Census Bureau's latest data shows that only 49.6 percent of the country's births in the 12-month period ending July 2011 were to non-Hispanic white mothers.

So-called “minorities” – including blacks, Asians, Hispanics and others – comprised the majority of new babies born for the first time in America.

Of those, the majority were born to Hispanic mothers (26 percent), followed by mothers who were black (15 percent) and then Asians (4 percent).

Whites are no longer in the majority population in New York, Memphis, Last Vegas or the District of Columbia, and in four entire states, according to figures calculated by the Brookings Institute.

At present, “whites” still maintain  a majority in the general population overall, but this group – comprised largely of the “Baby Boomer generation” – is aging. Education of the up-and-coming immigrant population is just one of the pressing issues facing a country that is largely unprepared for the onslaught it is about to face.