Letter to the Editor: New Demographics Deserve Careful Study

Tom Shuford, Hickory Record, April 24, 2015

“Nazi apologetics” whined a critic (HDR Letters to the Editor, March 29), putting a noxious label on the self-evident truths in “Immigration has its costs,” my letter of March 26. In my letter, I argued that non-discriminatory immigration is changing Europe’s demographics to dangerous effect, is rapidly making the white population a minority in the United States, and that this will prove a disaster for that group. I used numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s March report, “Projections of the Size and Composition of the U.S. Population: 2014 to 2060.”

The Census Bureau projects the United States will be 43.5 percent white in 2060; among children, 35 percent white. To grasp the speed of this transformation, in 1960 the U.S. was 88.6 percent white, 10.5 percent black, .9 percent other. Looking in more detail at the Census projections: By 2060 whites are expected to decline in absolute terms by 8.2 percent and 23.4 percent for children. Hispanics and Asians will increase 114.8 percent and 129.1 respectively. Blacks will increase 42 percent.

A healthy society would subject such radical, rapid change–entirely due to public policy–to intense debate. That is impossible in America. There are two permissible responses: silence or celebration. Skeptics of these trends invite slurs and vilification.

Let’s assume it was possible to debate the demographic revolution defined by the 2060 population projections. Here is a proposition that would be posed, scrutinized and accepted: The multi-cultural model embraced by Europe and by the United States these past 50 years is skewed. It is asymmetrical. It favors the group interests of minorities against the group interests of the white majority, the founding group. Western multi-culturalism encourages minorities to organize to pursue group interests. Typical examples: Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, among myriad ethnocentric minority organizations. Meanwhile, the American establishment–political, media, academic, business, religious–suppresses any expression of the group interests of the majority.

It is a glaring double standard that has a profound negative impact on the majority. Is there any doubt immigration policies rapidly dispossessing the white populations in their historic territories in Europe and North America could be aggressively pursued for decades if the majority group had a voice, had the semblance of a defense?

What is the solution? A truly democratic multi-culturalism that recognizes that every racial/ethnic group, including the majority, has legitimate group interests.

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