Report Examines Racial Trends throughout America

By Bishop, Kyan | Nation's Cities Weekly, February 19, 2001 | Go to article overview

Report Examines Racial Trends throughout America


Bishop, Kyan, Nation's Cities Weekly


"Current population trends suggest that within 50 years, there will be no single ethnic majority in this country. And, the size and diversity of U.S. ethnic populations will challenge the nation in the coming decades to address the implications of complex race-related issues". This is one of many major findings in a recently released report on issues of race and ethnicity called America Becoming; Racial Trends and Their Consequences, a product of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The two-volume report consists of a collection of papers that have been compiled by prominent academicians, researchers, leaders and commentators in the behavioral and social science fields.

The report notes that currently, "the racial and ethnic composition of U.S. residents is approximately 1 percent American Indian, 3 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, 12 percent Black and 73 percent White. From 2000 to 2050, the Black population is projected to increase only slightly while the Hispanic and Asian populations are projected to increase dramatically." In fact, the report predicts "by 2010 Hispanics are expected to surpass Blacks as the largest majority group while Whites are projected to comprise 53 percent of the population by 2050." (See graph) Consequently, the report focuses on the increasingly large responsibility of the United States to address socioeconomic and political issues as a result of the size and diversity of racial and ethnic minority populations.

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Specific issues discussed in the report include, race and ethnicity in the criminal justice system; demographic and social trends for minorities; wealth, welfare and racial stratification; residential segregation; disparities in educational test scores; health care and job training; race and ethnicity in the labor market; immigration; and the changing meaning of race, as well as racial attitudes. …

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