Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)
The Census Bureau calculated that whites would cease to make up a majority of Americans in the year 2042, but Guy Garcia, journalist and president of new mainstream initiatives at EthniFacts, expands the definition and says multicultural Americans will actually move into the majority tomorrow. He and Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s Latino USA (airing Sundays at 6am and 7pm on AM820), talk about who’s counting and why.
America is more divided than you thought. In a week that’s seen racial tensions go through the roof in Missouri over the death of black teenager Mike Brown, it’s important to remember that the United States remains highly geographically segregated on race and class lines.
This sweeping national view courtesy of the Racial Dot Map (click in for an interactive version), created by the Demographics Research Group’s Dustin Cable, shows that all across the U.S. whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians and other racial groups all tend to live in relative isolation from one another.
Maggie Aguon was the first woman from Guam to volunteer for active duty after 9/11. During her tour in Iraq with the Army National Guard, she served as a convoy medic and was injured when her vehicle was hit by an explosive device. She says she is frustrated with the layers of bureaucracy, and the lack of resources, that make it difficult for Guamanian veterans to receive the medical care they need. Maggie has been waiting for a counseling appointment since she returned from her second deployment—in 2007. Despite her criticisms of her treatment as a returning vet, she says she would re-enlist in a heartbeat if called upon to do so.
“I will support the flag of the United States, and I will support the flag of Guam, until I die.”
See more about “Island of Warriors” on americabythenumbers.org