The first returns from the delayed census of 2020 are in, and they have made for celebratory headlines in the mainstream media.
Big takeaway: Between 2010 and 2021, the white American population declined in real and relative terms, with more deaths than live births, as the white share of the U.S. population fell from 63% to under 58%.
As The Washington Post reported, between 1990 and 2020:
Black Americans held at roughly 12% of the population. Hispanics doubled their share from 9% to almost 19%, and Asians went from less than 3% to more than 6%.
And white Americans? In those three decades, whites fell from three-fourths of the U.S. population to less than three-fifths.
Bottom line: Racially and ethnically, we are becoming an ever more diverse nation, which is causing general rejoicing among those who hold it as an article of faith that, “Our diversity is our strength.”
But is that cliche true? Where is the scientific, historical or empirical evidence for the proposition that the greater the religious, racial, tribal and ethnic diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?
To put it mildly, this is not a universally held belief.
Our great rival China, for example, obviously fears such diversity.
The ideology of China is communism, and rival belief systems such as Christianity and the Falun Gong are repressed, as are the democrats of Hong Kong. Conformity, not diversity,