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Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America

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At its optimistic best, America has embraced its identity as the world's melting pot. Today it is on the cusp of becoming a country with no racial majority, and new minorities are poised to exert a profound impact on U.S. society, economy, and politics. The concept of a "minority white" may instill fear among some Americans, but William H. Frey, the man behind the demograp ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 19th 2014 by Brookings Institution Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
America is changing. We need to make sure all children have the education they need to become all they can be! The neighborhood changes are happening right before my eyes.
Roberto Gallardo
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read. Eye opening for anybody interested in demographic trends in the US. Perhaps the most interesting argument set forth by the author is the cultural generation gap (measured as the difference between white seniors and white children). This gap basically confirms what has been a rumor in public policy circles for a while: the increasing disconnect between policymakers (older and white) versus a younger more diverse population. A battle will surely ensue as what to fund: programs for seni ...more
Allison Chang
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A glossy, comprehensive overview of growing diversity: notice that it is ~not~ titled "Minority Explosion" as it does an adequate job breaking down America's demographics: not just whites, not just immigrants. Hearing "the melting pot" talks shift to an cries of and against "walls" and ICE or white supremacy or who-stole-who's-job, I wanted this to be an objective view into understanding the numbers and trends and it was rather that: a concise almost-encyclopedic collection of digestible data an ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"[F]rom a spatial perspective, new minorities are increasingly spreading out from large Melting Pot metropolitan areas to the New Sun Belt." (61)

"While the volume of new black migration to the South is important, so are the changes that black migrants are bringing to the South with regard to youth and social capital." (119-21)

"[A]n important milestone was passed when the 2010 census became the first to show a majority of each of the nation's largest racial minority groups residing in the suburbs
Roger Gloss
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although some might consider this thorough discussion of American population trends by an experienced demographer to be a bit dry, I found it quite engaging. This book explains the unprecedented political upheaval we are currently experiencing and, ultimately, offers hope for a better future based on a more diverse population, the continued blurring of racial boundaries, and the decline in power of an older white population that is trying desperately to cling to the past.
Michael Andersen-Andrade
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The foremost reason why I anticipate the integration of both new and old racial minorities into the nation's mainstream is the sheer force of the unprecedented change in the nation's demographics. The diversity explosion that the country is now experiencing will alter all aspects of society in ways that can help the nation prosper, make it more inclusive, and increase its global connectivity."

I concur with this statement and I welcome the "browning of America" with open arms.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Profound read. Really dissects the ethnic minority make-up around the country. The steady increase in the number of folks going South and West was intriguing. Frey also explains why all of this matters as we move closer to 2040 when the Census Bureau expects the number of ethnic minorities passes the number of non-ethnic minorities in the United States.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A look at the increasing racial diversity of the American population. Presents tons of statistics on how diversity is spreading through the population, and discusses how the broad trend and the particular spatial and generational concentrations of different minority populations will effect the country going forward.

Seriously, lots of really detailed stats for people who love demographics.
Anthony Saint Jean
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extremely detailed and informative. I appreciated Frey's stratification of complex topics into bite sized chunks that are easily digestible. Highly recommended to anyone interested in U.S. demographic trends. ...more
By 2027, the projection is that the population under 30 will be close to 50/50 whites/minorities. This will be a very natural, very welcome balance and hopefully, by then, we'll have adapted to globalization and the importance to educate each other and work together. ...more
Marquis Miller
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another must read for all who are committed to building a socially just and progressive community.
Bryan Ericson
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I found out about this book while reading an article. It provides a fascinating look at our country's changing demographics. Loved the chapter on presidential politics. ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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An important book for understanding the future of our country. Are demographics destiny? Review to come, maybe even a blog.
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“New racial minorities now constitute a fresh and welcome presence in the suburbs and slow-growing rural areas as well as in big cities. They are a much-needed tonic for a labor force that would otherwise be starting to shrink. Furthermore, they will serve as a necessary conduit to other nations in today's increasingly globalized economy. The political clout of racial minorities, both new and old, was demonstrated in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections, and diversity within the electorate continues to increase more rapidly than most political strategists could have anticipated only a couple of election cycles ago.” 0 likes
“Certainly in the past, the specter of a “minority white” nation instilled fear among some Americans, and to some extent it continues to do so today—fear of change, fear of losing privileged status, or fear of unwanted groups in their communities. These fears were especially evident during the decades following World War II, when immigration was low and phrases such as “invasion,” “blockbusting,” and “white flight” were commonly used in the context of black-white segregation. Such fears are evident today in the public backlashes that sometimes occur against more permissive immigration and voter registration laws.” 0 likes
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