For the first time in U.S. Census Bureau history, white births are no longer a majority. In the year that ended last July, non-Hispanic whites accounted for just 49.6 percent of American births, while minorities"”including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race"”accounted for 50.4 percent. The demographic shift is playing out differently across the states; white births remain the majority in many areas. In others, however, there's a growing gap between the ethnic and racial makeup of older and younger Americans.
Shock, disbelief, fear, guilt, and empathy...you ask what is she talking about now. Those are the emotions that went through me as I sat this week in the Chicago airport mindlessly gazing up at the TV waiting for my delayed flight to board.
This is a guest post by Lee Woodruff. Woodruff is a contributing home and family editor for ABC's Good Morning America. Her first novel will be published summer 2012. Lee and her family make their home in Westchester County, NY.
This past Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. It was also the opening Sunday for the 2011 NFL football season. Therefore, late Saturday afternoon, Sean and I arrived in Baltimore to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens' opening home game against our rival team the Pittsburgh Steelers. We had a lovely dinner with Michael Saturday night. We talked football, family and fall events. After dinner, Michael went off to team meetings, and we took a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Baltimore harbor. Nervously, we laid all our game day gear out in preparation for the next day and tucked ourselves into beds. We were worse than children on Christmas Eve. We couldn't sleep and kept saying, "Are you still awake?"
As July 4th came and went yesterday it made me stop and think how similar the correlation is between our country's deep and storied history and helping others hundreds of years later. I must admit I am extremely patriotic! I cry every time I hear Taps, I always place my hand on my heart when I hear our National Anthem, and I hate to see an American Flag touch the ground. You are now feeling patriotic yourself aren't you?
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