Amy Liu tweets: Despite media narratives, most existing and new millennials in urban centers are not white but young people of color. Read latest from Bill Frey of @BrookingsMetro:
As underscored in my report, “The millennial generation: A demographic bridge to America’s diverse future,” at 44 percent minority, millennials are the most diverse adult generation in American history. …
… nearly three-fifths of millennials residing in core urban counties are racial minorities, where more than a quarter are Hispanic, 18 percent are black, and the rest other races. … notable metropolitan areas where whites constitute a minority of millennials are New York City, Atlanta, and Chicago (download Table 1). …
To the extent that young adult populations continue to gravitate to urban America, they will bring with them a strong racial-ethnic dimension. And as the even more racially diverse post-millennial generation ages into their 20s and follows similar trends, we will see even greater racial diversity among young adult populations in each part of the metropolitan area and especially in urban cores.
Hard to find exact comparative data for core Canadian cities, but there is this from Environics:
Unrelated but connected: this quote from an NYT op-ed: Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us
One of my students once asked me, when I was teaching the writing of political op-ed essays, why adults should listen to anything young people had to say about the world. My answer: because they’re afraid of you. They don’t understand you. And they know you’re going to replace them.
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