Sociology prof says minority births to change national demographic
Mark Fossett, the director of the Texas Census Research Data Center and sociology professor at Texas A&M University is among experts who say the increasing number of minority babies born in the U.S. will have widespread effects for the country.
For the first time in U.S. history, minority babies outnumbered white newborns in 2011. Experts say this trend could impact the political alignment, workforce, and economy of the United States.
This trend also puts pressure on the education system in Texas, where a large increase in sutdents is occuring at the same time the state legislature is cutting back on education spending, said Fossett.
The differences have become stark in Texas, said Mark Fossett, director of the Texas Census Research Data Center at Texas A&M University. The state added more Hispanic babies during the 15-month period to July 2011 than any other.
“If you’re 60 years old, this is an Anglo state,” he said. “That’s where you see the wealth, income, home ownership, and high-voting patterns. Anything else, especially below 18, the school-age population, looks Latino.”