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Hispanics to Outnumber Whites in California Soon

California’s Hispanic population is about to become equal with the white population of the state within the next six months.  By 2020, Hispanics are expected to outnumber whites 41 to 37%.

“I don’t think anyone cares about the racial aspect of this,” commented Ben Shapiro on the Morning Answer, “but it has attendant social impacts.”

Co-host Brian Whitman asked him to expound on those impacts.  Ben responded by explaining that a lot of the people that come across the border don’t learn English and that’s a significant gap in terms of both the economy and culture.

He also pointed out that there will be a change in terms of the population in historically black areas like Compton which will result in tensions between Hispanics and blacks.

“We’re always happy when people come here,” explained Ben, “the question is how you acculturate people who come here.”  He talked about how there is a big drive for the California culture to adjust to the culture of the incoming people as opposed to the other way around.

Click on the player above to hear Heidi Harris, Brian Whitman and Ben Shapiro discuss the ramifications of the shift in demographics in California.

Heidi, Brian and Ben can be heard every weekday on the Morning Answer from 6am to 9am on AM870 in Los Angeles, or online at

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  1. MadeleineM posted on 02/01/2013 12:10 PM
    FYI (your website really needs work on CHROME)..

    Why all the pissing and moaning about being a minority - the LATINOS will be a minority quicker than they expect, also Heidi it was not Mexicans that where in California but real Californians indigenous people.. NOT related to the Indians in Mexico or Spanish Mexicans. They had languages and abalone and lobster for easy food..until...

    According to the numbers the institute analyzed, the number of immigrants coming from Mexico and Latin American countries has dropped by 20 percent from 42 percent in 2001 to 22 percent in 2011.
    Meanwhile, the number of Asian immigrants jumped by 20 percent during that same time period from 37 percent in 2001 to 57 percent in 2011.
    In 2010-11, only 60,000 Latin American immigrants came to California's shores, down by roughly 82,000 from the 142,000-plus Hispanics coming in from central and Latin America, the date shows, while Asian immigration went up from 108,000 to nearly 160,000 immigrants coming in--many of them from China, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, and Korea.

    "This is a pretty astounding change over a short period of time," Hans Johnson, co-director of the Public Policy Institute of California, told the Sacramento Bee, which broke the story.
    "For the first time in decades, the number of Asians coming to California exceeded the flow from Latin America, and it exceeds that flow by a lot - 2 1/2 times greater," he added
    A big part of the reason for that shift, Johnson said, was due to a greater demand in California for more high-skilled laborers.

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