Skip to comments.White Children Now In Minority(Florida)
Posted on 08/15/2006 6:57:28 AM PDT by devane617
The youngest Anglo children in Hillsborough County and across Florida are now a minority, foreshadowing the day when Florida - like four states now - becomes a majority-minority state.
Non-Hispanic whites in Florida accounted for fewer than half of all children younger than 5 last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. Slightly more than 47 percent of the state's youngest children were non-Hispanic whites, down from nearly 55 percent five years earlier.
In Hillsborough County, non-Hispanic white children have become a minority also, making up less than 47 percent of the population younger than 5, down from nearly 51 percent in 2000.
In parts of the county, the trend was evident before this report. The Hillsborough County school district reported nonwhite enrollment of 55 percent in 2004. At St. John Presbyterian Learning Center, students move between two worlds, speaking English and Spanish and adjusting based on when their families moved here.
Out of 100 children at the learning center, 75 are nonwhite, many in families that moved here from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico or Puerto Rico, Director Dianne Patterson said. The numbers have been high for five years because the center, at 4120 N. MacDill Ave., attracts low-income families, which are predominantly nonwhite.
"The children learn the language very rapidly," said Patterson, who adapted by hiring staff to reflect the student population. "Having a lot of Spanish-speakers is the trend all over. We have 4- and 5-year-olds interpreting for their parents."
The impact of the population shift will be felt in school and health-care systems that may not be prepared, demographers say.
Children who live in minority neighborhoods and are not exposed to mainstream society - by attending child care or prekindergarten, for example - will struggle with language and assimilation, said Mark Mather, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau.
"It won't be an immediate impact," Mather said. "Once they start going through the school system, there will be more demand for language courses. Some are assimilating more than other certain groups, who are more likely to live in minority enclaves.
"I'm speaking mainly of Hispanics and Asians," Mather added. "There will be more challenges for those groups, the schools and medical systems."
The recent Census estimates come from the American Community Survey, the cornerstone of the government's effort to keep tabs on the nation's changing population. The new survey will provide demographic, socio-economic and housing information about America's communities every year - information that until now was only available once a decade.
Texas, the Census Bureau reported in August 2005, joined Hawaii, New Mexico and California as a majority-minority state. Eight other states with minority populations of about 40 percent today were expected to join them next - Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana and Florida.
Some demographers expect the U.S. population as a whole to reach that plateau by 2050.
Aurea Velazquez, a St. John's parent, is part of the trend.
Velazquez moved from Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, six months ago. Her 4-year-old daughter, Yamilette, is in prekindergarten.
"It's been difficult in Puerto Rico with no work, and the economy is bad," she said. "People are going to continue to move here because of the bad economies. Here, you can at least survive with your family."
Kristi Bennett's two children, Gillian, 4, and Aedean, 3, are among the minority Anglo children at St. John's. Bennett doesn't mind.
"I love it," she said. "I think it's healthy to be around children who don't look like them. It teaches them tolerance and diversity really early on."
after shamnesty, this will be the case nationwide in 10 years.
If "minorities" are now the "majority", then they are no longer "minorities". The "whites", now being the "minority", should now be granted "special" rights, previously enjoyed by the former "minorities"...........
I agree, in 10 - 20 years whites will be the minority is most places here in the U.S.
"...becomes a majority-minority state."
Is the plan to redefine the meaning of "minority"?
No, that applies only to "People of Color". White is not, apparently, a color..........
yep, that's the ticket, become a minority.
Immigrants Swell Numbers Near New York, 60% of the population
Does anyone but me see the whole tolerance and diversity push as a social conditioning phenomenon put into place to train this country to keep its mouth shut as it's being invaded from the south and attacked from the Middle East? The absolute FEAR today's American has of being called a racist is unbelievable - they'd rather be accused of anything but that.
But we can all be thankful. Crime will fall to nearly zero.
But what the hey the MSM has to get the latenet racists dander up somehow.
Why are all non-Hispanic whites now referred to as "Anglos"?
"If "minorities" are now the "majority", then they are no longer "minorities". The "whites", now being the "minority", should now be granted "special" rights, previously enjoyed by the former "minorities"..........."
Your logic is sound, but liberals dismiss logic as an evil conservative ploy. The key element that you didn't take into account is that white liberals, (that would be approximately 50% of white people), are afflicted with self loathing. They hate themselves, they hate their society and they hate what their ancestors have done. So, whites uniquely will punish themselves.
Latinos and Blacks have no such affliction.
I'm surprised this isn't every state......just a matter of time...
"Is the plan to redefine the meaning of "minority"?"
Nope. They'll just pretend that things are status quo. Years ago Cleveland tipped the scales to become 51% black. Blacks are still regarded as minorities in Cleveland which by now must be about 55-60% black.
Yup social conditioning. Socialism taking over.
Everyone is looking for an explosion or hostage situation for our next attack. It is happening without a shot being fired. Foundations and NLG lawyers are taking us down.
Right exactly! You know why whites are the minority? Because they caringly raise their children, not some hood playing "jewel in the crown", I gots me 6 kids now and 3 different ho's to bring me a forty so I ain't even gotta get up and work!
I lived in the south and saw more than I ever wanted to see there.
Parce que tout les gens qui sont blanc connais a parler Anglais.
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