It is important to keep tabs on how minority groups in America are faring, particularly since Kim Hart recently pointed out that the country:
“is more racially diverse than at any point in history, and racial minorities are becoming more geographically dispersed than ever before.”
Hispanics and Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial minority groups. Plus the white population has seen a mere 0.1% growth since 2010 (as opposed to Hispanics at 18,6% and Asian Americans at 27.4% during the same time frame) with projected further decline moving forward.
At the moment of this writing we are currently in the middle of National Hispanic Month, a celebration instituted in 1968 originally known as Hispanic Heritage Week. The idea behind this is to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the Hispanic community to America. Now it continues for a month annually between September 15 to October 15. This year’s theme is “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.”
In particular, the Hispanics are making a huge contribution to Hampton Roads in leadership capacities in business, education, faith, politics, military and more. They are giving back disproportionately more to their communities than others. Further, Hispanics have possession of 2.1 percent (573) of the 27,270 businesses operating in the region. According to SimIS Inc. Hispanic founder and owner Johnny Garcia:
“The potential for Hispanics to grow our economy is enormous. The Hispanic community is the fastest-growing segment of the immigrant population. Clearly, Hispanic Americans will continue to play an important role, as our nation faces the challenges of the 21st century.”
In addition, there was a drop to 2.1 percent in unemployment figures for Asian Americans living in America in June of 2019. This is the lowest it has been since 2003 and indicates that this demographic is now looking (and finding) work in mainstream industries. And, according to Kayleigh McEnanay, one of Trump’s campaign spokespersons:
“The Asian American community has never been stronger than under President Trump’s leadership. Millions of Asian Americans have secured access to the strongest economy in modern history, with the Asian American unemployment rate hitting a record low under the leadership of President Trump.”