Friday, May 18, 2012

The End of White Supremacy?!?!

The white man's reign as the majority is coming to an end. The Washington Post reports that:
For the first time in U.S. history, most of the nation’s babies are members of minority groups, according to new census figures that signal the dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority. 
Population estimates show that 50.4 percent of children younger than 1 last year were Hispanic, black, Asian American or in other minority groups. That’s almost a full percentage point higher than the 49.5 percent of minority babies counted when the decennial census was taken in April 2010. Census Bureau demographers said the tipping point came three months later, in July.
The racist Right Wing sees their world slipping away. Perhaps, this is why they have been vigorously pushing anti-immigration measures, voter identification requirements and anti-affirmative action efforts.

This may be part of the reason why they hate President Obama. At least symbolically, his election represents the beginning of the end of white supremacy. The White House is no longer for white men only.

Honestly, the percentage of the white population does not matter.  American racism is institutional, systemic and structural. The racial disparities in education, criminal justice, economics and health care will remain in place. White owned corporations will continue to wield undue influence over the White House and Congress. Similar to Apartheid South Africa, white supremacy will remain in place even as the white population decreases, especially if Latinos, African Americans, Asians and white progressives do not unite and organize.  It does not matter if black people and Latinos are in the majority if we remain disproportionately uneducated, poor and incarcerated.

White supremacy is a system, not a population rate. The fact that this story is even news speaks volumes about the racist history of this country.

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