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Is demography destiny? America’s changing electorate

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By Shaun Bowler  


America’s racial make-up is changing. You already knew that—but did you know how quickly?

Here, Shaun Bowler writes that the proportion of the population that is white is plummeting. Arguably, the effects are already being felt. A reason often cited for the remarkable rise of Donald Trump is that his supporters feel America is no longer built to benefit them. (In an excellent piece from our latest issue, Diane Roberts discusses Americans who long for a world where minorities “have rights—but not power.”)

But here, Bowler takes a longer-term view. He analyses the data and presents demographic…

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