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For the first time in history, the majority of babies born in the United States are not white.
New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau found that between July 2010 and July 2011 more than half of the babies born in the country belong to racial and ethnic minority groups.
Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended while minorities including Latinos, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race reached 50.4 percent.
“This is an important landmark,” said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University. “This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.”
The results emphasize the ongoing shift in the nation's racial makeup.
It's "an important tipping point," said William Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, in the "transformation from a mostly white baby boomer culture to the more globalized multiethnic country that we are becoming."