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Census 2050: Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner?


Picture this: you’ve been invited to a dinner party in the year 2050. Of the ten invitees at this dinner, two are black, three are Hispanic, four are White and one is Asian with a little Native American in the mix. This isn’t just any dinner party, though. The arrangement is a simplified representation of the projected racial makeup of the country in the years to come.

It is estimated that by the year 2050, the aggregated number of minorities will compromise the majority population in America, with non-whites outnumbering whites by up to twenty percent. The number of Americans who list two or more races in their background will triple, as well. But what do these numbers really mean?

Examining the trajectory of recent American events provides a good starting point. In 2008, Americans made a bold statement to the world, electing their first non-white president, breaking the monopoly white males have had on the presidential chair since the country’s founding. During the mid-term elections of 2010, a near-record twenty-seven Latinos were elected to Congress; their Asian-American counterparts accounted for thirteen seats. African-Americans members remained the largest racial majority on Capitol Hill, with forty-one members.

These numbers perhaps suggest that the American mainstream is on its way to becoming an increasingly inclusive culture. With more individuals representing non-majority interests, is it the hope that more Americans of all racial backgrounds will be amongst those who finish school, attend college, and earn enough money to become powerful influences in an equitable and diverse society. In a utopian hope, racially segregated neighborhoods will fade away, all cultures will be appreciated rather than exploited, and the majority of us will be aware enough to understand the difference. We will ultimately realize that valuing diversity will make us strong, and we will not substitute one form of elitism for another.

So who will America become in 2050? We have thirty-nine years to make those daily decisions that will determine where America will stand as a nation. Hopefully, Census 2050 will host a dinner party full of rich and fruitful experiences for everyone, and that we will enjoy it together, as one community.


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