According to the 2011 US Census, minorities have officially surpassed whites in U.S. births. Racial minorities now make up more than half of all births in the United States.

In general, the minority population increased by 1.9 percent to 114.1 million, which accounts for 33 percent of the US population.

Experts say this is an important shift in American demographics, making the upcoming Supreme Sourt hearing on Arizona’s anti-immigration law all the more important.

From Loop 21:

“‘This is an important landmark,’ said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. ‘This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.’

The census releases comes around the same time the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the legality of Arizona’s strict immigration law.

‘We remain in a dangerous period where those appealing to anti-immigration elements are fueling a divisiveness and hostility that might take decades to overcome,’ Harrison said.”


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