Study: White Population Decline in U.S. is Accelerating

Study: White Population Decline in U.S. is Accelerating

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According to a new study by the University of New Hampshire, the white population in the U.S. has decreased from 79.6 percent in 1980 to 61.9 percent in 2014. Meanwhile Latino numbers have risen from 6.4 percent to 17.3 percent over that time.  African American and Asian numbers have also gone up.  In 17 states more whites are dying than are being born.

The study further reveals the white population is aging as the numbers for minority groups are increasing.  The changing demographics in America have long been discussed and will soon have an impact on the political scene for decades to come.  Much of Donald “this is your last chance” Trump’s rhetoric during his campaign was targeted to white fear.

The population shifts in the U.S. are bound to impact national elections first since there is no way to gerrymander entire states. But the electoral college is still giving more power to lower population areas, as seen in the election of Trump over Hillary Clinton who received 2.5 million more votes.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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