Plain facts: By 2015, in just three years, white youth in the United States will no longer comprise a majority, and then all of our kids will be members of a minority group. The Star Tribune and other Minnesota media was abuzz last week confirming this transition. In 2011, for the first time in our nation's history, more than 50 percent of our newborns were non-white or Hispanic and in Minnesota more than 30 percent of our kids under 5 are kids of color.
This will be good, for Minnesota must become a world community to compete in an age of globalization. But the more important corresponding reality is that our white population and our education systems must adapt faster to changing demographic realities for this state and nation to thrive. That was the key message delivered by Georgetown University Law Professor Sheryll Cashin during a recent forum in Minneapolis.
Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown University Law Professor