The latest census shows 50.4 percent of children in the U.S. under a year old are Hispanic, black, Asian or of a foreign nationality. In Texas, 55.2 percent of the current population is of a race other than non-Hispanic white, and children under age 5 outnumber non-Hispanic white children by 2.2 to 1.
Considering these numbers, the welfare and security of Texas and of our nation hinges on how well this minority-majority segment develops. It can have positive or negative effects, economically and socially—a phenomenon that deserves scrutiny.
The continued reduction of non-Hispanic whites in Texas is an unpredictable trend, in terms of socioeconomic effects and what biases it may trigger as in the following sample case.
A native Texan, Troy is a strapping six-foot-five, blue-eyed, blonde-haired Caucasian. A recent graduate cum laude from a top university, he was excited about starting his new job as a contractor at a high tech company. He was placed in a group dominated by minorities, and being outnumbered 3 to 1 was of no concern. Troy was not prejudiced.
He worked diligently to prove himself, but two weeks later, his manager fired him. For no apparent reason, the manager belittled Troy in front of his peers and at one point, even made a racially derogatory remark towards him. Human Resources inquired about the incident, but no one filed a complaint.
Perhaps it was a reduction in workforce and Troy was a new hire. Reasoning was not clear. With nothing to go on, Troy guessed it was because of his heritage, his education and his ambitious, driving attitude that may have presented a threat. Regardless, he suffered a traumatic injustice—a form of reverse discrimination.
Despite current political rhetoric about ‘social justice,’ it is a nebulous concept that has no logical place in our system.
We cannot afford to diffuse human initiative on a judgmental whim and compromise free enterprise in a competitive global market. We need bright people like Troy to help overcome economic woes, to help bridge the gap in a Cultural Revolution that affects us all.
Today, one out of every two new college graduates is jobless, and our nation is nearly bankrupt. Moreover, predictions indicate there will be more demand for natural resources and public services, less average income and more poverty; and the swell of minorities continues to grow.
We feel the stress in Texas, especially in Houston.
The Houston metroplex has an estimated 1.1 million (21.4 percent) people from outside our borders—mainly from south of the Mexican border. Whether native Texan or immigrant, the impact of minority dominance influences lifestyles in terms of workplace, signage and language, restaurants, cultural events, entertainment and other facets of life.
Texas is one of five minority-majority states in America, a trend likely to spread nationally. Will it cause more cultural tension, or will it bolster our economy? Will it weaken or strengthen our defenses against national enemies?
Minority dominance deserves attention, especially by public and private leaders in minority-majority states like Texas. We must monitor and control its dynamics in such fragile times.