Over at BlackProf, Christopher Bracey has some interesting questions to ask about this CNN article all about how non-Hispanic whites are now a minority in one in ten counties in the United States.

A lot of brothers and sisters are ambivalent or are sitting on the sidelines when it comes to immigration. Some think this isn’t their battle to fight, that it’s not about them.

I wouldn’t be so sure. USAToday actually ran 3 articles on the changing demographics in America today.

Hispanic growth extends eastward


The increases in areas that experienced little diversity until this decade intensify the uproar over immigration. Forty-one states have enacted 171 laws this year aimed at illegal immigrants. About 100 communities have proposed similar ordinances; 40 have been enacted.

We’re seeing new immigrant minorities coming in to areas that haven’t had very much minority populations or immigrant populations,” says William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution. “It put immigration on the front burner politically. It scared a lot of people.”

More blacks going for suburbs, fast-growing locations


Blacks and Hispanics are contributing a greater share to the growth of suburban and exurban counties in large metro areas, Frey says. In the 1990s, for example, blacks accounted for 12.4% of the growth in suburbs. That has jumped to 16.6% since 2000. Hispanics went from 18.9% to 24.5%.

And of course: Whites now minority in 1 in 10 counties


Greg Letiecq recently helped form a group to fight illegal immigration in northern Virginia, called Help Save Manassas. The group is named for a city surrounded by Prince William County.

“It’s not about ethnicity, it’s not about race. It’s about lawful behavior versus unlawful behavior,” Letiecq said.

Still, he complained that many newcomers eschew American culture in favor of their Latino heritage.

“It’s the folks who come in and try to maintain the culture of the country they came from,” Letiecq said. “They don’t seem to embrace the American culture, the English language, the social norms of American culture.”

Do you see a pattern here in the alarmist undercurrent of these articles or is it just me? Never mind that the numbers could be interpreted that whites remain the majority in nine out of 10 counties. No, apparently there are some people that think something has to be done, that something will have to be done (like “Saving Manassas” — saving what exactly in Manassas or whom) to stem the black and brown tide since according to the 3rd article:

[…] increased diversity, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, is straining race relations and sparking a backlash against immigrants in many communities.

“There’s some culture shock,” said Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington-based research agency. “But I think there is a momentum building, and it is going to continue.”

Hmm. There are even interactive charts (shades of orange for Latino and purple for African-American, groan) to help you see more ahem, colorfully, the browning of once pristinely white counties.

We ignore the race-baiters like Pat “Third World Invasion” Buchanan and Bill O’Racist O’Reilly, no matter whom they target, at our own peril. Ordinances aimed at “cracking down” on immigrants will also be used to restrict others, especially that ever-expanding uppity black middle and upper class. It’s dismantling affirmative action to save Manassas, Michigan and other places for privilege. It’s racial profiling taken to a whole new societal level. It’s enacting Jim Crow for the 21st century. Arguments over de-segregation actually involved racists saying things like: we must fight to preserve our way of life. And fight some of them did. How far are today’s racists willing to go to “save their way of life” or Manassas or the border or whatever they’re so afraid of losing control of.

Whatever happened to:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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