America’s ‘Melting Pot’ Is Boiling Over
America has changed.
As Congress debates revisions to our nation’s immigration laws, it does not take a political scientist or sociologist to recognize this. Readers of The Huffington Post just need to look around:
- The cashier at mini-market where you buy gas was born in India.
- The cab driver you hailed emigrated from Ethiopia.
- The checker at the local grocery store is a third-generation American whose great-grandparents entered the U.S. from Mexico, long before barbed-wire fences sought to keep them out.
America, the so-called “melting pot of the world,” is changing at an accelerated pace and, over the next 20 years, its population will become even more diverse. The U.S. Census last year confirmed that white births are no longer a majority. The New York Times noted, “the fact that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are the majority has broad implications for the country’s economy, its political life and its identity.”
Indeed, this is a tipping point for the philanthropic sector, especially local non-profit organizations.
There are nearly 80 ancestry groups — from Afghan to Yugoslavian — represented in the United States and nearly 50 different languages are spoken in American homes. As one might expect, California has most diverse population, with 43 percent of the state’s residents speaking a primary language other than English. Among cities, however, it is not Los Angeles, but rather New York that tops this category, with nearly 48 percent non-English speakers.
Are local non-profit agencies seeking to adapt to this change in demographics? Or, are they leading the change, and ensuring their services are relevant to their clients, as well as demonstrating excellence in managing diversity and raising resources?
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