Three experts at Johns Hopkins can speak about how the birth rate among minority groups now exceeds the birth rate among whites.

Newswise — The following sources are available to speak with reporters covering the data newly released by the U.S. Census Bureau showing that a slight majority of children who were younger than 1 in 2011 were Hispanic, black, Asian American or in other minority groups.

Pamela Bennett’s research focuses on trends in and the consequences of racial residential segregation, and racial and ethnic inequalities in education. One of her recent papers examined how census data shows that the American social hierarchy places people of mixed-race ancestry below whites but above blacks, while additional social stratifications along color lines are simultaneously taking place within the nation’s multiracial groups. Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology.

Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist and demographer whose specialties include marriage and the family, told the Washington Post that this is “a watershed moment” that “shows us how multicultural we’ve become.” In the Post story, he also noted that studies predict that the birth rate among immigrants will one day be similar to that of non-Hispanic whites in America. “The changes to the country may not be as huge as some people think,” he told the Post. “Immigrants will change our society, but our society will change the immigrants.”

Adam Segal can discuss how businesses are adapting to the changing demographics and growing diversity of the consumer population, as well as the political and electoral implications. Segal earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins in 2003, is a part-time lecturer in communications for the university’s Advanced Academic Programs, and heads a research project in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences studying how candidates and political parties reach out to Hispanic voters. Segal runs a public relations firm called The 2050 Group, a name derived from the original census prediction that the U.S. would be a majority-minority nation by 2050.


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