The news reports, talk shows, social media posts are all focused on the anger, stress, frustration, anxiety felt by a segment of the American population. Donald Trump attempted to capitalize on these negative emotions to win re-election in 2020, and came way too close. It is becoming increasingly clear that this is a white people’s problem. Fear is stirring that America will be majority non-white, with no racial majority. Why isn’t “No Racial Majority” a good thing? Aren’t we all American?
The Changing Face of America
To put it in a nutshell, many white people are feeling anxiety because they fear they will lose position and power as the United States becomes more diverse. The white percentage has been declining for a long time, since the 1950’s. The Census Bureau estimates that whites will be less than 50% of the population between 2040 and 2050. At that point, America will be majority non-white, with no racial majority. Yes, I said No Racial Majority!
I am a minority, and I have felt like a minority my entire life. I can guarantee that white people can manage the transition to minority status successfully. The sun will rise. The stars will shine. Green grass will grow like it always has. So, relax! Well that’s not happening.
Instead White Nationalist Groups are on the rise to protect the white race and restrict non-white growth. White people are lashing out at immigrants (“Keep them out! / Send them back!”), African Americans (“Get a Job!”), Asians (You own everything!).
I travel between New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida. As I travel, I feel increased tension when interacting with white people. I feel hate. I see idiotic behavior. It’s not the majority – most people are still pleasant. But a vocal minority is angry, spiteful, and expressing it. Read the statements the New York Times collected from readers about their experiences with being told to “Go back to your country”. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/reader-center/trump-go-back-stories.html?searchResultPosition=2
What should we do?
How should I conclude this essay? We have been too relaxed, given the opportunities of the last 50 years. We have been self-centered in pursuit of the American dream. At this point, we need to stay aware, be vigilant. We need to become more active in our communities. We must rebuild our connections to each other and support each other, as we live through these turbulent times. Also, become active in a church that is doing positive things in the community. Make a commitment to vote in every election and encourage your family and friends to do the same. THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION, THIS TOO SHALL PASS!
Also, read our earlier post about the ongoing struggle of the Native Aborigines in Australia https://ngrmagintl.com/richard-bell-a-native-australian-artist/