“Preparing for the Browning of America” by Daniella Gibbs Leger is an interesting article because it discusses what the implications of the browning of America will be in the near future. Meanwhile, the article “The Changing Face of America: Time-lapse map reveals how non-whites will become the majority in U.S. within 30 Years” by the Daily Mail Reporter approached the issue of the browning of America in a more visual way to demonstrate what the projections actually look like. The second approached the issue by providing a lot more detailed statistics about what will actually occur. Before goggling the term “Browning of America”, I never realized how much the majority of the population in the United States was actually shifting. Being from northern California, I’ve seen in recent years the growing number of Latinos, but it never really occurred to me that the population has been shifting across the United States. One of the most interesting statistics that I stumbled upon had to do with the different areas that African-American and Hispanics are most densely populated. The Daily Mail Reporter writes, “The U.S. black and Hispanic populations are mostly concentrated in the South – but whereas the black population is centered in the Southeast, Hispanics are mostly in the Southwest” (Daily Mail Reporter). This statistic really stood out to me because you never realize that these populations live on completely different sides of the country. Why is it that both groups are most densely populated in the South? The maps that are shown on the second link are especially depictive of these trends. I also found the second article interesting in that it incorporated the opinions of individuals on the trend of the browning of America. I found a quote by an Asian American especially interesting. The Daily Mail Reporter shares, “Another commentator added: ‘I am Chinese American and I objected to the grouping under Asian as coloured…Chinese, Japanese and Koreans are not coloured. Our complexion is white if not whiter than Caucasians’” (Daily Mail Reporter). Are they classified as being a part of the browning of America simply because they are a minority group? In that sense, are all groups that are considered to be apart of the minority currently going to be classified under this notion of the browning of America? I think if this term is to be widely accepted, I think there needs to be a common definition of what it means for our nation to be browning---what groups are classified under this movement?
Both articles stressed the importance of the change in government and funding that needs to take place in order to keep the standard of living up in this country once the “browning of America” turns into being the majority of this country. Leger writes, “As we noted in a recent report, Hispanics and especially African-Americans felt the brunt of the economic downturn and are recovering at a pace slower than whites And if we don’t address these disparities, as the country becomes more diverse, it will have a negative impact on our economy” (Leger). I found this observation to be especially interesting as both articles touched on the importance of reforming education, health care and reducing poverty rates. If this kind of change does not occur, soon our economy will suffer even more as these groups will become the majority. Leger also made a great observation about how the United States is going to face the future different from other countries. Leger observes, “If you look at places like Japan and some European countries, they have a rapidly aging work force with a diminishing number of young people to take their place. Thanks to our booming youth population, we will not face that issue. And our booming youth population is due almost entirely to communities of color” (Leger). How interesting! If the United States didn’t have these colored communities that were booming in population growth, then the United States would have negative population growth. I never really thought of this situation that way. If you are to look at Japan, they are a very homogeneous population and that fact that all of there people are very affluent and often put their career before having a family probably greatly contributes to their population decline. This is not the case in the United States with the colored groups—and this is not to say that they are not educated or not going to the universities – but rather that these groups have strong tradition values of family which probably contributes to their continued population growth that will soon over take the white population as the majority.