These startling figures on immigration scare racists
Felicia Persaud | 3/22/2018, 11:28 a.m.
There is no denying that Donald Trump was elected largely by white men in rural areas of the country based largely on his anti-immigrant agenda and their psychological fear that their power base was slip-sliding away. You saw many people at rallies chanting “Build the Wall” and “Deport the Beaners,” among other racist, anti-immigrant sentiments.
So where did all that hate stem from, and why does the number of hate groups across the U.S. continue to grow? According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are now 954 hate groups nationwide. The number includes 100 white nationalist groups, 21 racist skinhead groups, 121 neo-Nazis groups, 72 KKK groups and 22 anti-immigrant groups. Here are a few salient facts that have spurred many to keep pushing the pro-white agenda louder and to keep on supporting Trump, no matter what:
- Whites are now the numerical minority in half a dozen states, and they will be the nation’s numerical minority by 2044, when the nation will become a nonwhite majority country, according to U.S. census data. In less than a century, the share of whites in the nation’s population is expected to fall from approximately 90 percent in 1950 to less than 50 percent in the mid-2040s.
- Hawaii and the District of Columbia became nonwhite majority in 1980, California and New Mexico in 2000, Texas in 2004 and Nevada last year.
- Eight other states where whites now account for less than 60 percent of the population will likely become nonwhite majority states in the next 10 to 15 years.
- In Maryland, the white population declined by close to 67,000 between 2010 and 2016 while the nonwhite population rose by nearly 310,000.
- For the first time ever, there are fewer white than nonwhite children younger than 10 years of age, the U.S. Census Bureau says.
- Of the 43.3 million foreign-born people residing in the United States as of 2015, 82 percent originated from Latin America and Asia, and only 11 percent hailed from Europe. Little wonder that Trump wishes more were from Norway.
- With increasing racial diversity and intermarriage in the United States, the darkening of America is on the rise. The “two or more races” population is projected to be the fastest-growing over the next 44 years.
- Babies of color now outnumber non-Hispanic white babies (1 year or younger), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
As Santa Barbara psychologist, Brenda Major, wrote in 2016, “Trump has successfully tapped into the threat to group status that white Americans who are highly identified with their racial group feel as their numerical advantage shrinks.”
Is it little wonder that the Trumpian moves are to deport as many immigrants of color as possible and to stem the tide of more coming into the country through family sponsorship and the green card lottery. The agenda is clear—to appease the so-called base and take back the power. Too bad that regardless of how many immigrants they try to deport, the dark horse has already left the barn and has spread its seed deep within the fabrics of these United States, infusing color in large swaths of beautiful Brown and Black.
The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc., which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.