America is becoming more diverse. According to the most recent census data, ethnic minorities now make up more than half of all births, which means that very soon, minorities will be the majority. But despite this growing “browning” of America, minorities still suffer the brunt of the social issues.

Recently, The Root caught up with Brown University scholar Marcia Alesan Dawkins to discuss the growing “tan generation” and what it means for America.

According to Dawkins, having a minority majority means positive things for America.

She explains:

On the positive side, this new “tan generation” might have a broader and more progressive view of social and political issues — such as immigration reform, education reform and civil rights — based on changing ideas about race and ethnicity. There will also be cultural changes, as there have been in recent years with changing definitions of who or what is an American, for example.

The increased numbers of people of color also represent a larger potential pool of candidates who will be eligible to run for political office and enter fields like law, technology and education — or start new businesses aimed at meeting new needs — where some changes can be enacted.

While having a more diverse populace means more opportunities for minorities, it doesn’t mean everything will be smooth sailing.

Dawkins contends:

On the negative side, we must know now how many of these children are born into economically disadvantaged environments and make sure that proper reforms are enacted today to ensure equality of opportunity for the tan generation. In addition, we must account for a sharp rise in white-supremacist groups who feel that they are now acting on behalf of all white Americans as a besieged minority group.

As we continue to have more nonwhite citizens in this country, the debate over what it means will persist. While I hope our growing diversity will help move us toward a more inclusive society, our past leads me to believe we will continue to suffer the same sorts of challenges as we’ve always faced.

What do you think? As America becomes “browner” what, if anything, will it mean?

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  • ray

    The notion that the “beiging” of America will lead to the end of racism is wishful thinking. We know from latin America that all it does is push dark skinned people further down the socio-economic ladder. These bi-racial kids grow up to look down on dark skinned people and feel superior to them based on their white ancestory.

  • chanela

    of course not. humans will ALWAYS try to find a way to be better than somebody else. money,hair texture,skin color, nose shape,penis size, breast size. there will ALWAYS be division amongst humans no matter how the damn same we all are in the end.SMH

  • Isis

    Black people are under the illusion that brown people see them as kin and have solidarity with them, but thats not true. The tan just join the white in hating blacks

    • chanela

      right! you would not believe how many hispanic people are SO hateful towards black people and will lick the proverbial ballsack of white people even though they know white people see us and hispanics as the same.

      we go through the same damn struggles and discrimination, we have the same foods and celebrations most of the time but yet because their skin is a litttttlee bit lighter then they feel like they are better.

    • Isis

      Exactly! But many hispanics are white

  • chanela

    right! notice how whenever people bring up beautiful brazilian women, the first people that pop up are giselle bundchen and adriana lima. they never ever EVER show black looking brazilian women. and it’s sad because i honestly didn’t really know that the majority of braziians were black until a few years ago because all i would see is caucasian looking women.

    whenever they have exercise videos talking about “brazilian booty workout” or whatever it’s never dark or black brazilans.

  • Les

    There was one comentator speaking of this “browning of America” and assigning to White Americans certain motivations for living in communities where we would be less likely to see “tan populations.” I resent that. What makes him think he can understand their motivations, when he is clearly not one of the people about whom he is speculating? What distiguishes HIS assumption with those made by white people regarding other races? That seems unfair to me. He certainly does not represent MY viewpoint. Our community is not diverse, but I would love for it to be. It is an older, very established community, and does not seem to attract many “tan” people, although there are a few non-white families starting to move in, which I welcome.