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    New Demographic Racial Gap Emerges
    Race; Posted on: 2007-05-18 08:25:38 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Nearly half the children under age 5 are Hispanic, black or Asian.

    By SAM ROBERTS
    Published: May 17, 2007

    With the number of nonwhite Americans above 100 million for the first time, demographers are identifying an emerging racial generation gap.

    That development may portend a nation split between an older, whiter electorate and a younger overall population that is more Hispanic, black and Asian and that presses sometimes competing agendas and priorities.

    “The new demographic divide has broader implications for social programs and education spending for youth,” said Mark Mather, deputy director of domestic programs for the Population Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan research group.

    “There’s a fairly large homogenous population 60 and older that may not be sympathetic to the needs of a diverse youthful population,” Dr. Mather said.

    The Census Bureau estimated yesterday that from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, the nation’s minority population grew to 100.7 million from 98.3 million; that is about one in three of all Americans. The new figures also suggest that many states are growing more diverse as minorities disperse.

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    News Source: New York Times

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