by Laura Camilo
Its not a good week for Jared Taylor. First his plan to host his American Renaissance white supremacy convention in Charlotte has been met with so much opposition that he called Charlotte a city with no tolerance for different opinions (as quoted in Spanish-language newspaper Mi Gente,). And now, preliminary census-data is showing that Taylor and his white-power cronies are fighting an uphill battle. The Associated Press reported that U.S. racial minorities accounted for roughly 85 percent of the nation's population growth over the last decade and that the number of multiracial Americans jumped roughly 20 percent since 2000, to more than 5 million.
With changing demographics come changing political representation. The data will be used to redraw political districts based on population and racial makeup. This is an interesting moment in time for the nation's Latino population:
"There are going to be a lot of additional Hispanic officials elected when redistricting is done," said E. Mark Braden, a former chief counsel to the Republican National Committee who now advises state governments on redistricting. "But folks in power don't give up control that easily - there will be tension between the ins and outs."
Broken down by voting age, minorities accounted for roughly 70 percent of U.S. growth in the 18-and-older population since 2000, and Hispanics made up about 40 percent. Hispanics also represented more than half the growth share of the voting-age population in Texas and California.
"The growth of the Hispanic community is one of the stories that will be written from the 2010 census," Census director Robert Groves said Wednesday, previewing major demographic trends, including the movement of many minorities from city to suburb. "We should see a big difference from 2000 to 2010."
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