I was very amused last month with the statistics coming out about Texas and the United States about the fact that the white anglo dominance in North America since the 1650’s can see its numeric influence gradually eroding. The change in the racial makeup of our country is only natural in view of the fact that for the most part the upper echelons of our society have ever smaller numbers whereas immigrants, coming in from Mexico, South America and Asia, tend to have sizable families. Gradually, you see the white majority slipping from the 75% to 55% and now just going under 50%.
This fact in itself doesn’t mean the end of the world, although some whites react as though it did. The crucial need is that the dominant forces in our society need to pull out all the stops regarding our educational systems. We are not doing that! At the local, state and national levels drastic cuts have been made over the last five years from the resources allocated to education. At the same time, there is a marked increase in jails and prisons and there is a direct relationship between those two budget items.
And happily the negative mood present in our society regarding our failing schools is reversible. We have the technical know how and the resources to handle the problems smoothly but our response to this new situation must be devoid of racism, fear, panic and vindictiveness. The ideal of a fair and equitable education being provided to all of our young people is not a nice goal to be pursued. It is an absolute necessity if we are to have a stable society twenty and thirty years from now.
Let’s pray that our leaders understand the importance of giving everyone a good education and the poor require not an equal education but the best education. What we have to do is all too clear. Whether or not we will do it is questionable. Let’s also pray that we are not a nation of ostriches.