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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cowboys vs. Indians, Round Two

Whenever I think of the way the white man treated the Indians long ago, my sympathies go unequivocally to the Indians. This was their land. They came here roughly 13,000 years ago, long before the white man. Then the Europeans arrived, going across the country and killing "hostiles" (naturally resentful Native Americans). The US government broke many of their original treaties with the Indians. Then they herded them onto reservations with the most barren land.

Yes, I've been exposed to every bit of the Native-American-as-noble-savage propaganda spewed out by Hollywood in the past three decades. But I think a lot of it is actually true.

Then I read this on Yahoo News this morning:

"WASHINGTON – Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years.

In fact, demographers say this year could be the "tipping point" when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.

The numbers are growing because immigration to the U.S. has boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. Minorities made up 48 percent of U.S. children born in 2008, the latest census estimates available, compared to 37 percent in 1990."

"Hispanics," of course, are not people from Spain but rather Amerindians from Mexico and other Central and South American countries. So this is, in a sense, poetic justice. The Indians lost the original battles, but seem to be in the process of winning the long term demographic war.

Now that they are, I find my sympathies going to the whites. Despite the fact that they essentially took the land from the Indians, it was whites who turned North America/the United States into the superpower it is today, something the Indians were not exactly on track to do. And whites are losing the demographic war (and make no mistake, it is a war) largely because white people in general are more responsible about waiting till they are financially solvent and can afford children before having them. Hispanic mothers, on the other hand, tend to exhibit no such patience.

Now that we no longer live in the Wild West but in a technological age, a lower average national IQ, courtesy of the increased minority population, will place us at a competitive disadvantage to, ironically enough, the Asians from whom the Amerindians are originally descended. (The smart Asians knew there was no way they'd have been able to walk across the Bering Strait 13,000 years ago.)

Looking forward, it's hard to be optimistic about this country. If the 20th century was The American Century, this is the Chinese one. Welcome to its start.

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