“What you can see in this simple pie chart comparison, above, is the enormous shift in the U.S. population that took place between the days when Gen Xers were kids and today. In 1980, the year that The Empire Strikes Back came out, 78% percent of 15 to 34 year-olds identified as white. In 2012, just 32 years later, only 58% identify themselves as white.This doesnt just reflect a change in the size of the white population. It also means that white Millennials are much more likely to know and have friends who are people of color. Millennials live in a U.S. where its harder for white people to live in a place where they never meet someone with a different racial background than themselves. Of course they still can and do, but its just pragmatically more difficult. Put simply, its no longer easy to claim whites are the “norm.” Increasingly, theyre just part of the mix.”
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