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Identity Crisis During the past fifty years America has dealt with large domestic problems using the mechanisms of the Western liberal tradition . One great success in this period was the Civil Rights movement , in which African-Americans pushed the government for equality
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under laws . They wanted their civil rights , given to them by the Constitution, and they proceeded to press for them through non-violent means . One could argue that this changed the face and mindset of America , but this is not the case. All the requests were for individual liberties , consistent with the liberalism the United States is founded upon. The government lifted restrictions on black individuals reaffirming its principle of restricting liberties only when essential for the good of the people . Over the next fifty years a new problem for the United States could arise from demographic shifts . Extrapolating from current trends , by 2050, whites will no longer be in the majority, and this could produce a change in our national identity and policy . It is not clear that we will be able to rely fully on past liberal political theorists for the solution . This is the challenge: does the western liberal tradition have the will and means to perpetuate itself in the face of these demographic changes ? In the 1990s , a study done by Barry Edmonston, revealed a new demographic trend; the white European majority , reared in the liberal tradition, which has existed in this country since it founding , is disappearing. Edmonston’s analysis shows that by 2050 whites will no longer be the majority , as the population rises to approximately 387 million due to birth , intermarriage, and, most importantly immigration. Intermarriage is an important cause of the rise of the non-white majority , “Edmonston's study projected that by 2050 , 21 percent of the U.S. population will be of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, up from an estimate of seven percent [in 1997] ”(Stanfield). Immigration is even more important; according to the 2000 census , the United States is receiving immigrants at rates that have not been seen since the 1850s . Of the one in nine ratio of foreign born
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residents , forty percent pursue citizenship(NCPA). It is important to clarify that neither the influx of immigrants , nor the change in demographics is a problem per se ; instead, the concern is the risk that the controlling powers in America in fifty years will not have benefited from the traditional , western liberal upbringing that has existed for the past two hundred years . The threat to national identity is an important one because ours is an
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