California’s Demographic Revolution

Heather MacDonald, Daily Press, March 21, 2012

California is in the middle of a far-reaching demographic shift: Hispanics, who already constitute a majority of the state’s schoolchildren, will be a majority of its workforce and of its population in a few decades.

This is an even more momentous development than it seems. Unless Hispanics’ upward mobility improves, the state risks becoming more polarized economically and more reliant on a large government safety net. And as California goes, so goes the nation, whose own Hispanic population shift is just a generation or two behind.

The scale and speed of the Golden State’s ethnic transformation are unprecedented. In the 1960s, Los Angeles was the most Anglo-Saxon of the nation’s 10 largest cities. Today, Latinos make up nearly half of the county’s residents and one-third of its voting-age population. A full 55 percent of Los Angeles County’s child population has immigrant parents. California’s schools have the nation’s largest concentration of “English learners,” students from homes where a language other than English is regularly spoken.

From 2000 to 2010, the state’s Hispanic population grew 28 percent, to reach 37.6 percent of all residents, almost equal to the shrinking white population’s 40 percent. Nearly half of all California births today are Hispanic. The signs of the change are everywhere—from the commercial strips throughout the state catering to Spanish-speaking customers, to the flea markets and illegal vendors in such areas as MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, to the growing reach of the Spanish-language media.

{snip} But a sizable portion of Mexican, as well as Central American, immigrants, however hardworking, lack the social capital to inoculate their children reliably against America’s contagious underclass culture. The resulting dysfunction is holding them back and may hold California back as well.


{snip} Nearly 53 percent of all Hispanic births in California are now out of wedlock, and Hispanics have the highest teen birthrate of all ethnic groups. {snip}

The complicated reality of Hispanic family life in California—often straddling the legitimate and the criminal worlds, displaying both a dogged determination to work and poor decision making that interferes with upward mobility—helps explain why the state’s Hispanic population has made only modest progress up the educational ladder. Most parents want their children to flourish, yet they may not grasp the study habits necessary for academic success or may view an eighth-grade education as sufficient for finding work. Julian Rodriguez, a Santa Ana gang detective, recalls a case several years ago in which two parents had taken their 14-year-old daughter out of school to care for their new baby—a classic display of “Old World values,” he says.

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  • haroldcrews

    The fact that Hispanics remain an underclass is an area of opportunity.  Once the underclass ceases being subsidized (by medical care and education primarily) then there will not be much keeping them there.  They’ll be strong incentives for them to return to their country of origin.  California’s budget crisis and because it is in a negative feedback loop means that those subsidies will stop and in the near future too.  The difficult position of the Federal government means that DC will not be in a position to demand the continuation of these subsidies either.

    • IstvanIN

      Nope, they’ll just move to Washington or Wisconsin or New Jersey.

    • sbuffalonative

      They won’t move back to their native counties (for many, the US is their native country). They will move to other states and the decline will continue.

      They have 49 other states to get through before the gravy train is out of gravy.

      • MissBonnie123

        Actually, they could go back to Mexico if they are Mexican. Mexico gives dual citizenship.

  • Fakeemail

    You know, I’m not going to make some insulting comments against Mexicans or hispanics here.  They are what they are.  They’ve come to California en masse because the politicians and business leaders invited them here and wanted them here.  They are, by in large, hardworking people who do real work.  If anything, I wish whites would return to “old world values” where manual labor wasn’t scoffed at and white women wanted to have lots of kids (with hardworking white guys) well before they were 30.

    • Im going to have to sort of disagree with you here.  They have come “en masse” because of all the FREEBIES they get from the State and Federal government!  They are NOT by in large, hardworking people who do real work……Over 70% Are on some form of State or Federal Welfare……CA Public Schools were NUMBER 1 in the nation as late as 1967, now CA public schools rank 49 out of 50 states (DC included as #51).  The MAJORITY of public school students are mexican/hispanic.   We have the FEWEST hospitals per Million people in the USA because so many have had to be shut down due to an avalanche of Hispanic users that PAY NOTHING.  They Came to the USA because they destroyed their home country because, Im sorry to say, they are for the most part double digit IQ peasants (at least the ones coming here).  They have had corrupt leaders since their independence from Spain and have neither the guile nor the intelligence to revolt and make a first world modern nation.  Sorry for the Rant but I HAVE LIVED IN SO CAL MY WHOLE LIFE.  I KNOW THE STORY.  LA IS DEAD, the US is next……

      • MikeofAges

         Lived in California 30 years, 12 year in the Central Valley and 18 in the Bay Area, largely in Santa Clara County. What you say is largely true. Some have done well, but during this entire time, most of the white population has faced the hammer of affirmative action and foreign displacement from the workforce. Before I left California, I read an article where the author described Los Angeles as having turned into a “Third World city”. Parts of it have, I am sure. But what most of it looked like to me visiting in 2003 and later was a Latin American city, more middle class than Third World, but still Latin American.

        Left California in early 2006, not for “white flight” reasons, but just for personal ones. In the Northwest, where I now live, Hispanic migration has slowly changed the workforce in the time I have been here. Employers have begun to advertise for “bilingual” office staff, meaning assimilated Hispanic girls and women. An Anglo woman who speaks Spanish will not do. In the fast food industry, more and more outlets have become or are in the process of becoming all-Hispanic in their workforce.

        Interesting that the people who drive around “Extinction Is Forever” bumper stickers on their car do not realize that this dictum applies to them as well. These people always look someone out there to, in the end bail, them out, an external protector if you will. In earlier decades it the Bear (the USSR) was their big brother. Now its the Dragon (the PRC). Good luck, in “a world lit only by fire”. 

        • IstvanIN

          True.  I my neck of NJ there is a KFC in a black neighborhood that was staffed by American blacks.  Last time I went, a couple of years back, all Spanglish speaking Latrinos.  Haven’t been back.

          • IstvanIN, so you’d prefer “American blacks”?!! Amazing. 

          • IstvanIN

            I’d rather an American black working in America than some alien.

          • (in response to the below comment) “American black working” is an oxymoron. Well, if you prefer American blacks, so be it. Hope you don’t get caught in the middle of a good old American black flash mob attack. Not possible to get caught in an alien one…or White one…or Asian one…. Wow, the day we start siding with blacks on anything is a clear sign Whites have completed their bowing down to blacks. Dear God…

    • “Hardworking” people! I disagree! I work amongst and see their “hardworking “women taking leisure strolls down the street each day, in the middle of a workday no less. They generally have two or three anchor babies in tow with not a care in the world! Women of leisure!

      Please tell me how these people are able to have two or three kids, with the luxury of a stay at home mother in one of the most expensive areas to live in CA!
      What is your definition of “hardworking?” Pumping out anchor babies and getting on the public dole!

    • ViktorNN

       You mean “old world values” like illegitimacy rates that are almost as high as blacks? You mean disproportionately high crime rates? You mean high school drop out rates that are just as high as blacks?

      We certainly don’t need more “old world values” like this.

      All California has achieved by allowing in this new population is to displace its prosperous hard working middle class white population and radically expanded its  non-white underclass population.

      No white person in their right mind should be happy about how things have turned out in California.

  • ageofknowledge

    “the rise of the Hispanic underclass” = no more money.

  • The main reason why Hispanics have difficulty going up the economic ladder is lack of respect for education. All they care about is right and not the future. To them, dropping out of school to get a low wage job right now is better than graduating and getting a better paying  job a few years from now. Since many of the illegals are uneducated, they do not see the need for an education and that an educated work force is necessary for future prosperity.

  • holyflower

    How was the federal government able to transform the innovative, prosperous 92-percent-white California of 1960 into the stagnant 40-percent-white economic basketcase it is today?

    The 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act’s “family reunification” provisions had the effect of creating legal “chain migration” from Latin American and, secondarily, Asian countries,and radically reducing immigration from Europe.

    The 1982 5-to-4 Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court decision compelled taxpayers to fund k-12 schooling for children illegally residing in the U. S., creating still another incentive for illegal immigration.

    The 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Act amnestied 3 million illegal aliens, allowing them to, in addition, bring their family members to the U. S., thus putting in process still more legal “chain migration” of relatives.

    In 1995 a single Jimmy Carter-appointed federal judge stopped California’s Proposition 187, which was passed by 59 percent of California voters.  Prop 187 would have denied many benefits to illegal aliens.  Incoming Democratic Governor Gray Davis found a way to block the state’s likely successful appeal of the Judge’s decision.

    Another notable federal attack on California is the travesty of “automatic birthright citizenship” for children born to illegal aliens.  “Automatic birthright citizenship” is based on a plain misreading of the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause. Congress could correct this disaster but the majorities to do so are not in place.

    There have been many other lesser federal attacks on California, but you do get the picture of how the United States government destroyed California and is in the process of destroying this nation.

    • 100% Agreement, everyone on Amren should read this post.  Prop 187 was the KEY to saving CA………that one activist judge could decide the fate of millions of White Californians and ultimately the nation is all you need to know about our “republic”

    • haroldcrews

      And therein lies the solution.  DC isn’t going to be around much longer.  It’s going to collapse and won’t be able to sell its debt.

    • Now these illegal “dreamers” want in state tuition and financial aid to go to college. They also want citizenship. All we need to give them is a one way ticket back to their country of origin.

  • MikeofAges

    Even though the decision to truncate education is based on an autonomous cultural norm, that won’t stop discrimination against whitey in the higher educational system. Nothing wrong with outreach, mind you. But how did outreach for minorities get connected to discrimination against whites? Well, it’s a legal theory called “disparate impact”, which applied antitrust law to defined segments of the population and allows onerous penalties against the offending  monopoly segment. Including members who have never benefited from membership in the said monopoly group. The beneficiaries of “white privilege” work off their penalty by countenancing and administering abusive and discriminatory policies directed at disadvantaged members of their own group. Interesting.

  • A lot of the “hard working” Hispanics work hard because they just made it across the border.  Once they figure out how to milk the welfare system, then sayonara hard work.  Then the firms and businesses and farms have to import a whole new fresh-over-the-border set of “hard working” Hispanics, until they figure out how to work the system.  Lather, rinse, repeat, until your own race is fully dispossessed.

  • haroldcrews

    Hopefully many other states will follow.  After reading ‘White Identity’ I’m filled with optimism.  Hispanics are very parochial and yearn for Mexico.  They are only here for the money.  Once there isn’t any money, they are gone.  They will self-deport.  We see it whenever a state attempts to enforce immigration control. The primary impediment is DC.  It is my fondest wish that DC does bankrupt and loses all influence.  I want it gone.  Power must go to the states where ordinary people can wield some influence.

  • LOL majority of the workforce. Cut their benefits when the last white leaves, and the hispanics will flee

  • “Unless Hispanics’ upward mobility improves, the state risks becoming more polarized economically and more reliant on a large government safety net. And as California goes, so goes the nation, whose own Hispanic population shift is just a generation or two behind.”

    Helpless liberals!  For them every thing is inevitable, they don’t realize that society it the result of good people fighting the good fight, to keep the ship on course.

    It’s like somebody sees an iceberg off the deck, and the captain decides not to bother steering away….

  • IstvanIN

    Where ever you have Mexicans you have Mexico.

  • JohnEngelman

    Without the   Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 the Hispanic influx into the United States would not have happened. The continued influx is not inevitable. Laws can be changed. 

    • True, but the fact remains that most of the illegal invading Mexicans are here in spite of our laws!

      • Anon

         And their anchor babies will never leave. 

  • I have actually lived around Mexicans. I had some as next door neighbors who constantly made a lot of noise fixing cars at all hours, playing loud music and drinking. We complained to our landlord who spoke to their landlord who told them to knock it off.  There was an apartment complex near me that had a lot of Mexicans in there who did not know how to drive. I thought I was going to get hit every morning when I went to work.

    • That sounds about right…..

  • They would have to import slender light skinned actresses from Mexico. Also bring in some Australian actresses as well as European. I think that fat Mexican women are just as ugly as fat Black women.

    • And just as ignorant!

    • MikeofAges

       They would just find gentrified Hispanic women, usually those more mixed with European “blood”, and women from the surviving white population. That’s what they do now, isn’t it?

    • anmpr1

       But are they as loud and obnoxious?

  • The subdivision that I lived in had some Hispanics that were working on building homes they played their radio so loud one Saturday morning when I was trying to sleep in. Luckily we got ahold of their supervisor and he got them to turn it down.

  • jeffaral

    Worse better.  Be prepared cause the dung will hit the fan. 

  • Burns Me Up

     A mestizo lawnworker nearly burned down my apartment complex a few years ago by throwing a cigarette butt into the hedges during a drought.  Thank god I saw it from my balcony and called 911 immediately – I was bouncing my newborn son on my lap at the time.  I still have nightmares about what might have happened if I’d had to jump from a flaming building with my baby! 

    Scariest thing I’ve ever seen.  Flames were licking the building within 1 minute of the first smoke curl!!  The groundscrew swore up and down that it wasn’t them, and said none of them smoke.  The fire dept investigator rolled his eyes, but no one could prove they did it.  We never even got an apology from the reckless Mexicans.

  • Anon

     The old stereotype was the “lazy Mexican”.  Now we’re supposed to believe the “hardworking Mexican” is representative.  Ha!  Spend some time in a majority Mexican area and you’ll see all the loafing and standing on the corner drinking.  They only work hard when they have to. 

  • MikeofAges

     Some people have discussed the same issue in the context of the traditional South. One poster here said that nanny-raised Southern whites assimilated what he called “black” values. Whether these are “black” values or just the values of anyone who has been raised by parents who are off on the social whirl perhaps is a good question.

  • MissBonnie123

    Yes, and many of the ones that go to college are involved in La Raza, which is viciously anti-white. Why should we White people welcome that kind in our country? Why should White taxpayer money go to put them through college when our own have to take out massive loans and have a difficult time paying the loans back, along with the inablility to start a White family because of their expenses?

  • MissBonnie123

    Hi! Some of them are hard working and some are not. I used to live in a motel and some rushed through their jobs and only did an average or even below average job.

    For White people it is difficult to work hard at a job when employers won’t hire them because employers prefer the cheap labor.

    I did live in California for awhile (it has a lot of natural beauty)but I knew I would have a difficult if not impossible time getting a job when I saw that most jobs I qualified for were held by Hispanics.

  • Now, California is  just a “beacon” to Mexico and their welfare class…..

  • MikeofAges

    Not Anglo. In this context, Anglo means any assimilated Caucasian of continental European, Commonwealth or Irish descent. Would be nice if our census department would clue us in as to who lives here.

  •  They’re OK as long as:

    a) they’re Caucasian

    b) not Muslim

    Either assimilated or will assimilate. Muslims won’t. And their origin is not very important- trash like Kardashians can be found among any Caucasian ethnic group.

    • Insoc

      You don’t live in California, do you?  If you did, you would know Middle Easterners are highly ethocentric and do not mix or assimilate with whites.  They are colonizers who wish to keep their own culture, race and language intact without mixture.   They have done this by opening schools that are strictly for their own children unless you speak Armenian or Farsi.

      They have different ethos than we do and many are very corrupt, cheat at business and run multimillion dollars scams on medicare, welfare and other overly generous welfare programs.  They are also responsible for lucrative car theft rings.  The largest medicare scam ever broken up was run by Armenians which took law enforcement two years to unravel.  

      I do not consider these people an asset to the United States and I curse Reagan for letting them in as refugee, with tens of thousands more following under family reunification.  Armenia must be empty of its elderly population, they are all here collecting SS and mediCal benefits on the taxpayers’ dime.  These people are NOT us and are displacing whites in California and elsewhere.  They are akin to La Raza, for our race, everything, for everyone else, nothing, while we whites are forced to subsidize and pay for separatists like this.

  • Zorro

    Whatever it is, maybe it contains USDA approved pink slime.