The 2020 Census reveals a story of changing demographics in the United States. It should hardly come as a surprise that the story is diversity. “Over the past 10 years, people who identified as Hispanic, Asian or more than one race accounted for larger shares of the population….”
I suspect we could say the same thing about many a decennial consensus over the history of the United States. I grew up learning that the United Stated if America is a melting pot. We learned about the influx of immigrants from various parts of the world at various times: the English, the French, West Africans (almost entirely against their will), the Germans, the Italians, the Irish, the Chinese, the Eastern Europeans…
In some ways this news is simply the continuation of the same story that is America. It is an uniquely American story, though rhetoric in the 21st Century might suggest otherwise. The new census may reveal a plot twist of sorts, though: a “pivotal moment”.
Whereas the American story of the past was primarily an European story, the plot is tending toward greater diversity. The population of “people of color” are increasingly “younger and growing more rapidly” then their traditional American counterparts with Eurocentric origins.
The population growth since 2010 “was made up entirely of people who identified as Hispanic, Asian, Black or more than one race”. We can speculate on the reasons for this major shift, but the fact remains that people of color are increasingly making up a larger percent of the population, and that trend will more than likely continue.
My thoughts, as always, turn to the impact on the Body of Christ and how the Church is responding… and should respond… to the times. These times are a changing, crooned Bob Dylan in my youth, but they are always a changing.Continue reading “The 2020 Census and the Breaking Down of the Dividing Walls of Hostility”