This New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise reports on a report by UT San Antonio demographer, Dr. Rogelio Saenz and his colleague, Kenneth M. Johnson which shows that White deaths exceed White births in a majority of states. This is partly related to drug deaths, but reflects, as well, a declining birthrate on the heels of the Great Recession in 2008. That said, these recent results caught the Drs. Saenz and Johnson by surprise.
One can't help but speculate on how these news inform current debates over abortion and women's reproductive rights, even if subtextually, at the level of beliefs and assumptions. Immigration and border policy, too...
The late Virgilio Elizondo comes to mind. He once wrote, The Future is Mestizo—which has always been a question of when, rather than whether, that our nation would become mestiz@, or mixed blood. Not that we aren't all of mixed blood already, but rather he refers to the cultural, religious, and aesthetic aspects our of identities today as he projects positively into the future on the underlying meaning of the inexorable browning of America.
All the more reason we all need to support Ethnic Studies. Not only do Anglos have to prepare for these shifts, but all people of color, as well.