More than 840,000 green card holders became citizens last year, the most in a decade. More than 10 percent of the American electorate was born elsewhere, the highest share in half a century. All the breaths and puffs of Donald Trump could not stop this demographic evolution; nor an endless stream of stories about what America is supposed to be an unequal, unfair, and bad place.
The ground-level integration of America – what my friend Sergio Munoz calls “the multiculturalism of the streets” – continues with an ever-greater mix, embodied in the rise and acceptance of interracial dating, growing in popularity. 40% since 2003, and marriage.
What Trump and his most staunch opponents have struggled to understand is that, rather than a chaotic future defined by racial conflict, most Americans want both order and justice. Most Americans initially supported George Floyd’s protests but quickly overwhelmingly rejected the violence and looting that accompanied them. Racial minorities, like other Americans, are increasingly heterodox in their political views.
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