I don’t know if you know this or not, but Texas is a brown & black state. The 2010 Census numbers show that Texas is already a “minority-majority” state if you combine the African-American & Latino populations. At a recent symposium organized by the Texas Tribune, Dr. Steve Murdock gave a presentation that says several things about the future of Texas’s population. One of them being that the population of Texas will be dominated by Latinos within the next 25 to 50 years, but it is already beginning to happen.
One of the more fascinating things about what Dr. Murdock is saying is that the aging Anglo population and the very young minority population need each other. The aging Anglo population needs the labor force paying taxes and paying into Social Security, Medicare, as well as continue to grow the economy. The young minority population needs the established, aging Anglo population to finance education, provide business start-up capital, and create the opportunities for growth that comes with having access to international markets. People need to work together – the way one would imagine an enlightened society to work – so that everyone can get what they want.
The changes occurring to Texas’s population are dramatic now and will continue to be in the future. How the state chooses to react to them will determine its fate for the next century or more. It is absolutely imperative that we understand that when Dr. Murdock says, “It’s all over for Anglos in the state of Texas,” that those words aren’t misconstrued. What Dr. Murdock says, is that we have to work together, or die alone.
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