TRUTHOUT'S BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES
Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout
If you wonder what can explain the pathological hysteria of the Tea Party and right-wing whites, one need look no further than the headline from an Associated Press article today, February 3.
"Census estimates show big gains for US minorities," the headline blares.
The white population is declining and minorities are surging, meaning that the notion of a white Christian nation has a short timeline - and the manic, alternative-universe behavior of the right wing has to do with a race against time with racial change.
How big is the minority growth?
Here are some walloping statistics from The AP article:
U.S. racial minorities accounted for roughly 85 percent of the nation's population growth over the last decade - one of the largest shares ever - with Hispanics accounting for much of the gain in many of the states picking up new House seats.
Preliminary census estimates also suggest the number of multiracial Americans jumped roughly 20 percent since 2000, to over 5 million....
Some 40 states show population losses of white children since 2000 due to declining birth rates. Minorities represented all of the increases in the under-18 population in Texas and Florida, and most of the gains in the child population in Nevada and Arizona.
So, those who have a psyche closely aligned with America identified as a white nation, are feeling emotionally imperiled, and follow any Pied Piper who reinforces their world view that a return to the "real" America is the creation of a white, Christian government.
"The new engines of growth in America's population are Hispanics, Asians and other minorities," a demographer quoted in The AP article said. "But it's just the tip of the iceberg. For the under-18 population - potential voters in the not-too-distant future - minorities accounted for virtually all the growth in most U.S. states."
If you are pulling your hair out trying to understand the inexplicable bile and conspiratorial fantasies of many in white America, look no further than this AP article.
This is their nightmare come true.