The Changing American People

The New York Times has a story today about a new U.S. Census report that shows America is on track to be a majority-minority nation earlier than predicted -- in 2042, not 2050. This is further evidence that America is undergoing its most profound demographic transformation since the arrival of the Europeans here in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

I offered some thoughts on these extraordinary changes in a recent essay, On Obama, Race and the end of the Southern Strategy. I have little doubt that it is these changes that have the emergence of a bi-racial President candidate much more likely. This also is a subject we cover in our recent report on the growing political power of Hispanics, Hispanics Rising II.

For those coming to the Democratic National Convention, I will be talking about America's historic demographic changes at a presentation of our powerpoint, the Dawn of a New Politics, Thursday morning, August 27. Look for an announcement about this and other NDN events at the Convention later this morning.