Race and Population Problems

Race and Population Problems

Race and Population Problems

Race and Population Problems

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Such populous nations as India, China, Japan, and certain European countries have long engaged the interest of lay thinkers, and excited alarmists who fear the downfall of "Nordic superiority" through the inevitable diffusion of "hordes of olive-skinned Asiatics" and other "undesirables." During and following the World War an ever-increasing number of primary and secondary contacts were made, and as a result, nations, more than ever before, have become so inseparably linked that what affects one ultimately affects others. Not only international but also national complications have arisen. Since the World War such organizations as the Ku Klux Klan and the restriction of immigration are indicative of some of the problems within our own borders. Consequently problems of population resulting from racial diffusion have increased as a greater breadth of culture contacts have been made, and as certain opinions concerning these have become more and more biased.

On the other hand, scientists and careful students have sensed pertinent problems inherent in the population situation, and are seriously studying the various forces that are serving as controls upon the quantity and quality aspects of population. Among these might be mentioned the unparalleled increase in numbers, the rapid depletion of our mineral resources, the pushing of our food supply towards its optimum limit, the decline in the birth rate of the "upper" classes, the gravitation towards the cities, the effects of a curtailed immigration and the mixture of races. These and kindred phases of population have been dealt with from many angles and with varying amounts of prejudice and scientific exacti-

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