, Corbin, KY

July 15, 2013

A new evolving tan for the American face

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — What a first it was! People coming from many different countries to form a new country. The early American immigrants were from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and a scattering of other countries. Such a conglomeration of different people had never happened before in recorded world history.

Starting off very different, Americans gradually grew together becoming one united people; appearing before the world eventually amalgamated into a new nation and a new people with all their distinguishing differences gradually dissolved in a united resolve to be Americans. Our United States was described throughout the world as a melting pot of diversified humanity, theretofore never seen.

Sociologists use the word “polyglot” to describe America’s unity of people who came here reading, writing and speaking different languages; a phenomenon viewed with great skepticism by most 18th-century world leaders; contemporaries of America’s early immigration.

However, these diversified immigrants had one very conspicuous commonality — they were Caucasian! So it is that America has retained the white race dominance and supremacy during its 237 years.

Gradually, white Americans, for the most part, have overcome their racial bigotry; and gradually there has been a steady influx into America of every known race in the world.

White Americans have for the most part elected to have a very limited family size (one or two children) so as to assure an elite socio-economic status for their children. With no such concerns, non-white Americans, along with Hispanics have been much more prolific and family oriented.

Hence our 2012 U.S. census (released June 13, 2013) reveals there are more non-Hispanic white deaths in America than births (a statistic that has been happening for nearly a century) and projects that by 2043, whites will become a minority.

With these changes in American demographics along with the inevitable escalation of interracial marriages, sociologists tell us that the American of the future will no longer be white, black or yellow but typically evolved to a tan skin. Racial differences (physical and socio-economically) will eventually dissolve much as our nation-of-origin differences dissolved during the past 200 years.

“After this I looked up and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and languages, standing before the thrones and in front of the Lamb.” [Rev. 7:9]

In many ways it appears that in His providence this has been happening here in the U.S.A.

The Rev. John Burkhart  Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor

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