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Saturday, March 20, 2004 What a world
An interim census reports that population projections for the USA (based on current trends) will see us have 420 million people by 2050. (Not far away by my reckoning). Of which only half will be considered non-hispanic whites. The rest is about 100 million hispanics, 60 million blacks, 30 million asians.
What will happen all over the country in every city (where hispanics haven't entirely taken over the political machinery of areas like Los Angeles, Miami, etc.) is what we have in Sacramento (city not county) where we have about 25% pop. in four groups; and all are divided into their own neighborhoods.
In my daily forays to the store and around about on errands, I don't see black folks or asians, nor many hispanics. They don't live where I live. Nothing prevents them from living where I do.
I have to go to a regional mall or ethnic markets to see other kinds of people.
That being said, I don't see many Russians either, and we have a tens of thousands of them here.
So, I see our multicultural society becoming a balkanized society. Whether that will lead to severe conflict, or if we'll all get along pretty well, I don't know.
I tend to use ancient Rome as a parallel to America because the similarities are so powerful, but perhaps we should consider other models of civilization like Egypt, Babylon, or China.
China has certainly had its ups and downs, but always survived as China. Populations have frequently invaded and settled there, but adopted Chinese customs (although in western China, people are quite different then in the east).
The worst that you might say about China as a society is that it is highly corrupt. One of the most corrupt nations in the world, though, is Mexico, and we are allowing millions of people raised under its diseased system to colonize large parts of America.
Southern California cities that have become predominantly latino are also becoming politically sick (as our state assembly is also proving to be).
Major cities that are run by blacks -- Detroit, Gary, Washington, D.C., Philidelphia, boroughs of New York, are and have been corrupt for some time.
It's all well and good to point out that the Irish and Italian immigrants corrupted the major cities they lived in, which is true, but that also caused decent people to flee the cities spurring the development of suburbs.
The problem is unlikely to be animosity that may occur between different middle class groups, but the creation of large enclaves of an underclass of any one group or groups.
When you have national latino high school drop out rates of 50%, that bodes very ill for those communities which won't be improving themselves; and the black community shows no determined sense of fighting against the depravity of their underclass.
There are, of course, plenty of low life whites, but I cannot say whether such are increasing or decreasing or a steady number. White and asian crime has always been very manageable because it has always been relatively low, but California now spends many billions on our prisons. After schools, it must be the largest expenditure.
In Sacramento, we also have violent asian gangs.
Well, life in 2050 will be nothing like I hope it will be, no doubt. The words of Ecclesiastes comes to mind from that book 6:12: For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through like a shadow? Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone? posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:23 PM |