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Demography Is Not Destiny

Adam Sewer contends in this piece for The Atlantic that the 2020 census findings that the white American population has declined might not tell us as much about the political and ideological future of America as some pundits might want us to believe – “Neither the fiction of race nor the political identities that emerge from it are necessarily permanent.”

“The census may herald a more inclusive and harmonious future, or it may simply foreshadow yet another moment in American history when some borders shift while others remain closely guarded. But what the census cannot tell you is where lines of partisan identity will be drawn. It can tell you how Americans define themselves, but not how their politics flow from that definition. The census cannot tell Americans who they will become; that we must decide ourselves.”

Read the full article here.