Minority Babies Outnumber White Babies in US
(LiveScience, May 21, 2012)
For the first time in U.S. history, more than half of all babies born in 2011 were nonwhite, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. This furthers a long-standing trend in the racial makeup of the population, and hints that the next generations of Americans will be far more diverse than today.
Israel and the United States are both celebrated democracies, but of very different stripes. The information above, juxtaposed by Israel’s new demographic reality (51% of Israel’s first graders are either Haredi – ultra-Orthodox who do not serve in the military – or Arab – also do not serve in the military), highlights the United States’ success in integrating and assimilating immigrant populations. Israel, currently undergoing huge internal debates about what constitutes a Jewish person and what constitutes a citizen of Israel, should take a page out of the US’s handbook and really begin to think about how to incorporate the stories of these populations into the national narrative. The US will change, will shift to support this new demographic reality. If Israel wants to stay true to its purpose, to be both a Jewish and a democratic state, these populations have to be assimilated into the narrative of our country, and fast.