At its optimistic best, America has embraced its identity as the world’s melting pot. Today it is on the cusp of becoming a country with no racial majority, and new minorities are poised to exert a profound impact on U.S. society, economy, and politics.
In April 2011 a New York Times headline announced, “Numbers of Children of Whites Falling Fast.” As it turns out, that year became the first time in American history that more minority babies than white babies were born. The concept of a “minority white” may instill fear among some Americans, but William H. Frey, the man behind the demographic research, points out that demography is destiny, and the fear of a more racially diverse nation will almost certainly dissipate over time.
Through a compelling narrative and eye-catching charts and maps, eminent demographer Frey interprets and expounds on the dramatic growth of minority populations in the United States. He finds that without these expanding groups, America could face a bleak future: this new generation of young minorities, who are having children at a faster rate than whites, is infusing our aging labor force with vitality and innovation.
In contrast with the labor force-age population of Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, the U.S. labor force-age population is set to grow 5 percent by 2030.
Diversity Explosion shares the good news about diversity in the coming decades, and the more globalized, multiracial country that U.S. is becoming.
Praise for Diversity Explosion
“Bill Frey is widely acknowledged as America’s leading demographer. In Diversity Explosion he extrapolates from current trends and paints a picture of how America will change demographically over the next 40 years. ”
—Michael Barone, American Enterprise Institute, Washington Examiner, and co-author, The Almanac of American Politics
“Bill Frey has mapped the contours of the emerging Next America more powerfully and presciently than anyone else. With Diversity Explosion, he gives us nothing less than a field guide to the American future. Frey has looked deep into the data and emerged with a book that is not only comprehensive and compelling but also ultimately hopeful in his faith that Americans will come together to seize the enormous opportunities generated by our kaleidoscopic demographic change. ”
—Ronald Brownstein, editorial director, Atlantic Media and author, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America.
“William Frey is a numbers guy. Diversity Explosion is a smart, but not daunting exposition of the demographic revolution already under way. Frey breaks down the intriguing ways we’ll watch America change: at work, at school, in the voting booth and in the culture at large. He shows us the next America and then tells us all the reasons he’s concluded we can handle it. ”
—Ray Suarez, Al Jazeera America’s Inside Story, and author, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation
““What happened to the country I grew up in?” As a journalist I hear that question all over America, especially from older white people. Blacks and all but the most recent immigrants say it too. Let Bill Frey expertly explain the change and why it is good for everyone. A great read! ”
—Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst, Hill columnist and author, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.
“In a definitive guide to America’s demographic transformation, Frey gives us the facts and figures needed to understand how we got to where we are as a people and the even greater changes still ahead. Some books speculate about the future, this one calculates certainties. ”
—Roberto Suro, professor of journalism and public policy at the University of Southern California