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Diversity explosion: The impact of America’s ethnic shift

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The year 2011 marked a defining point in the changing demographic makeup of the US. It was the first time when more minority babies were born in the country than white babies. By 2020, the census expects that minorities will make up 40 percent of the US population.

In “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America,” demographer William H. Frey examines the impact of this ethnic shift. With the disappearance of a racial majority in the US, what are the economic, social and political implications? Who are driving these changes? How would this shift change America’s existing racial divide


William H. Frey, an internationally regarded demographer and author of the book “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America” (Brookings Institution Press, 2014). He is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution