The SCIAMAGE space has extended an offer to a number of people from a variety of backgrounds and political view points to submit pieces for inclusion in this space. They have each been told essentially the same thing, though the specific words may have varied ever so slightly. Basically though, regardless of the words chosen, what they have been told is their piece will undergo only slight editing, and that will only be for spelling and formatting. It will never be for grammar (unless requested) as that comes too close to style and that would come to close to voice. Though I might wish to comment on it, I do not wish to interject my voice into theirs. It will never be edited for content, as that would impede on free exchange of ideas, and that would defeat the purpose. It may not, however, include patently false information. Oh, and only once, have I actually suggested a topic. Other than that one time, I have left the topics wide open for the guest writer to select.
The group invited has included people of widely different political views, and very different socioeconomic and technological backgrounds. There are, of course, a few things they each have in common. One thing is that they can all get very passionate about what they believe and hold to be true, while not making it personal. They can also hold a reasonable conversation. They are capable of distinguishing, typically, between fact, fiction, and belief. They will typically be able to provide evidence to support or at least attempt to provide evidence to support their position. Etc. In other words, they are reasonable and intelligent people who are capable of having reasonable and intelligent conversations.
If you think that you would like to submit a piece for inclusion in this space, please contact the SCIAMAGE through the links below.
Today, the SCIAMAGE space is pleased to bring you the first response to this offer. Jeffrey Jones, is a man of varied background. A father, a former instructor, currently working with a defense contractor (we can’t tell you more, or we’d have to kill you under the current NDAA and justification for drone use, and we wouldn’t want to have to do that!!), a gamer (board, role, and online), educated, diverse interests, Buddhist, traveler, and much more. And, on a personal note, a hell of a Mensch. That’s really more than you need by way of an introduction, because the piece that Jeff has provided stands on its own without any introduction. It could well have been written by any man, woman, or child in America today, who pauses to look around. Any man, woman, or child who stops to think, and doesn’t forget to start again.
And, without further ado, please, enjoy today’s SCIAMAGE guest column from Jeffrey Jones.
CHICKEN LITTLE SAY…
It’s time that this rampant hyperbole about being under attack ended. It’s sole purpose is to rouse the ignorant and muddy the waters about the evolution of life for humans.
The theory goes that various groups are under attack because the way they have led their lives, or gone about their business, or the manner in which they have acted for no good reason, apart perhaps from jealousy, or fear or propaganda. It certainly could not be that these things are no longer acceptable to the rest of us.
White people are under attack because they are no longer in the vast majority here in America. But is that true? As of the 2010 census results:
|Race / Ethnicity||Number||Percentage of U.S. population|
|White or European American||223,553,265||72.4 %|
|Black or African American||38,929,319||12.6 %|
|Asian American||14,674,252||4.8 %|
|Amer. Ind. or Alaska Native||2,932,248||0.9 %|
|Hawaiian/Pac. Islander||540,013||0.2 %|
|Some other race||19,107,368||6.2 %|
|Two or more races||9,009,073||2.9 %|
72.4% of Americans identify themselves as Caucasian. And, they are under attack because it used to be more. You’ll note that Hispanic or Latino is not included in this chart, as, according to the Census Bureau, “Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.” But 16.4% of all races identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino. In 1960, non-Hispanic white persons made up 85% of the American population, by 2042 they are projected to have lost the strong majority, only accounting for 46.3% of the population, still the largest group, but not a solid, over-powering majority.
Why is this a scary set of statistics? Why is the natural progress of life a “threat” to the comfortable majority?
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