“For the first time, racial minorities now represent more than half of the children born in the U.S., according to new census figures,” Politico writes.
“African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities made up 50.4 percent of U.S. births in the year ending July 2011, accounting for 2.02 million births, up from 37 percent in 1990, according to The Associated Press.
“During that time period, there were 1.99 million white births, 1.05 million Hispanic births, 0.61 million black births, 0.25 million births that were classified “two or more races,” 0.19 million Asian births, 0.07 million Native American births and 0.01 million Pacific Islander births.
“’This is an important landmark,’ Roderick Harrison, a former head of racial statistics at the Census Bureau, told the wire service. ‘This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.”’
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