When minorities become majorities

Fact: Kids are being born less white these days.

For the first time in U.S. history, babies of color outnumbered Caucasian newborns 50 to 49 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the latest bit of evidence illustrating the shifting demographics in our country.

One-time minorities — especially Latinos and Hispanics — will soon become majorities in states that used to be part of Mexico, such as California, New Mexico and Texas.

In fact, 38 percent of California’s population is Latino or Hispanic. That’s a mere one percent behind Caucasians in a number that’s projected to rise in the future. The U.S. census predicts that they may become the ethnic majority in California by 2015.

Non-Latino people shouldn’t be too intimidated by these shifts; it just means more burritos, Pacifico and Oakland Raiders games to go around, as well as filling the country with people that would rather eat two tacos than listen to U2.

Which brings me to the point of my column: I am here to translate my experiences as a young Mexican American.

Going by the recent conventions for tFact: Kids are being born less white these days.

For the first time in U.S. history, babies of color outnumbered Caucasian newborns 50 to 49 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the latest bit of evidence illustrating the shifting demographics in our country.

One-time minorities — especially Latinos and Hispanics — will soon become majorities in states that used to be part of Mexico, such as California, New Mexico and Texas.

In fact, 38 percent of California’s population is Latino or Hispanic. That’s a mere one percent behind Caucasians in a number that’s projected to rise in the future. The U.S. census predicts that they may become the ethnic majority in California by 2015.

Non-Latino people shouldn’t be too intimidated by these shifts; it just means more burritos, Pacifico and Oakland Raiders games to go around, as well as filling the country with people that would rather eat two tacos than listen to U2.

Which brings me to the point of my column: I am here to translate my experiences as a young Mexican American.

Going by the recent conventions for the presidential elections, it’s something that would have interested both Republicans and Democrats. Latinos and Hispanics are becoming an important demographic as far as candidates are concerned, becoming a crucial voting block.

Knowing this importance, both the Republicans and Democrats infused their conventions with some serious Latino sabor.

At the Republican convention in Florida (another state with a strong Latino population), politicians and speakers began dashing Spanish into their speeches like a George Lopez stand up special to try and win the Latinos over.

But nothing at the Republican convention was as flavorful as at the Democratic convention, where guest and keynote speaker was Democratic politician Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, marking the first time a Latino had given the keynote speech at a major party convention.

Obama and Mitt, pay attention. The Latino vote always will favor the party with the friendlier stance on immigration. Even though President Barrack Obama has deported more immigrants than George W. Bush did (according to Reuters), we almost turn a blind eye and pretend we don’t understand English just so we don’t accidentally vote another rich white guy president.

he presidential elections, it’s something that would have interested both Republicans and Democrats. Latinos and Hispanics are becoming an important demographic as far as candidates are concerned, becoming a crucial voting block.

Knowing this importance, both the Republicans and Democrats infused their conventions with some serious Latino sabor.

At the Republican convention in Florida (another state with a strong Latino population), politicians and speakers began dashing Spanish into their speeches like a George Lopez stand up special to try and win the Latinos over.

But nothing at the Republican convention was as flavorful as at the Democratic convention, where guest and keynote speaker was Democratic politician Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, marking the first time a Latino had given the keynote speech at a major party convention.

Obama and Mitt, pay attention. The Latino vote always will favor the party with the friendlier stance on immigration. Even though President Barrack Obama has deported more immigrants than George W. Bush did (according to Reuters), we almost turn a blind eye and pretend we don’t understand English just so we don’t accidentally vote another rich white guy president.

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