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How Texas’ Shifting Demographics May Preview Larger Changes In America

More young Americans being born and growing up today are people of color

America has a habit of following trends that occur in one of its states: Texas.

The state and nation are in the midst of a demographic transformation. The 76 million babies born between 1946 and 1964, who are predominantly white, are aging. And more young Americans being born and growing up today are people of color.

“No force in the world is going to stop Houston or Texas or America from becoming more African-American, more Latino, more Asian and less Anglo,” Rice University professor Steven Klineberg said. “So the only question that we have been given is: How do we make this work?”  

On KERA’s Think, Klineberg and Texas Christian University professor Max Krochmal talked with host Krys Boyd about how the state’s demographic shifts might preview larger changes nationwide.

“And the critical necessity if we’re going to make this work is major improvements in education and opportunities for kids, many of whom are living in poverty, to be able to compete successfully in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century,” Klineberg said.

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