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August 10, 2012

COLUMN: Diversity may change political future

— China, India and Brazil are becoming world class economic powers. The populations of the U.S. and Europe are becoming more diversified every year. The gains in world population are almost all in non-white countries and populations. Of the soon to be seven billion humans on the planet only a little over one billion will be people of white European ancestry.

What is happening is a great economic, cultural expansion. Even within the white European countries institutions based on white supremacy are weakening. For 500 years Europe and America have dominated the world. First, by colonial occupation and the force of superior technology and organization. Too often dominance was accompanied by mass killings, enslavement and dispossession. Only in the last 100 years have the indigenous populations started to regain ownership of their natural resources and governments. And for the most part, this return to self rule been carried out peacefully.

In the U.S., experts in population forecasting predict the U.S. will become a minority majority country by 2030. That is, whites will make up less than 50 percent of U.S. population by 2030. No manner what laws are passed and which party controls government, this change will occur.

The largest American minority, now and in the future, are so-called Hispanics. The people in this minority may speak Spanish and share religious and cultured traits with Spain, but genetically they are overwhelming Native American. It is ironic that a race forcefully dispossessed by Europeans will soon regain these land using American institutions to peacefully regain what was taken from them by force.

The big question is how this new majority will exercise their political power. Will the pendulum swing past center and the new power be used for retribution or will we whites be given better treatment than we gave.

I believe we will determine how we will be treated in the future by how we accept this population and power shift now. If we continue to pass voter ID laws, English-only and other restrictions on minorities, we should not expect any better treatment for ourselves. The Hispanics in this country, legally and illegally, are here for one reason only and that is opportunity. We have a choice either bring these people into our economy and government or suffer for our bigotry later. These people are here to stay. We should be establishing special institutions for education and training. We will either make them Americans or they will change this country into something we may not like.

I don’t know if this shift will take 30 or 100 years but it is inevitable. I don’t really fear this shift in power and wealth. We have changed the world more than it has changed us. American democracy and respect for human rights are our greatest contribution to human progress. We gave the world men like Columbus, Galileo, Einstein, Jefferson, Shakespeare, Hubble and Newton. But we also gave the world Hitler, Stalin and genocide. This latter should never be forgotten when bragging about the first.

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