Oklahoma's Heritage Won't Change, Even If Demographics Do
Posted on: 2012-05-26 20:16:41
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Overall, the U.S. Census reports that Oklahoma's 2011 Hispanic population makes up 9.1 percent of state residents, while American Indians account for 8.9 percent and blacks are 7.6 percent.
Some will see these changes as a worrying trend, but history suggests those fears are overblown. First, most Hispanics are legal residents and the educational system is a key part of the assimilation process. In the long run, those children will be as influenced by Oklahoma's culture as the state's culture is impacted by their addition.
Concern about associated impact on government services should be balanced against greater contributions to our tax coffers, economic growth and culture.
Minorities are keeping some rural communities alive, such as those in the Panhandle. And it's estimated Hispanics buy about $5.8 billion of goods and services annually in Oklahoma and own nearly 5,500 businesses. Those aren't bad things.