*The latest population figures from the U.S. Census Bureau are startling. They show African Americans declining from roughly 13 percent of the nation’s population in 2000 to 12.2 percent in 2010 with a projection that Blacks, as a percentage of the nation’s population, declining even further to 11.8 percent by 2050.

While African Americans are declining proportionally, the Hispanic population is surging – growing at a much faster rate than any other segment of Americans. Indeed, according to 2010 census data, 16 percent of all Americans are now Hispanics. There are now more Latinos in the nation than there are Blacks. Further, the surge has just begun.

Census Bureau demographers are currently projecting that by 2050, 30 percent of the nation’s population will be of Hispanic origin. This means that within the next 40 years, there will be 2 and one-half to 3 times as many Hispanics as Blacks in this country. The Hispanic population surge is being driven by both immigration and a high birthrate.

However, Hispanics are not the only minority on the rise. While Blacks will be declining to 11.8 percent of the population, Asian-Americans will be increasing from their current 4.5 percent of the population to 7.6 percent by 2050.

Meanwhile, America will also become a less and less white nation. By 2050, whites are projected to decline from their current 64.7 percent of the total population to just 46.3 percent. In other words, this will no longer be a majority white nation by 2050. Collectively, minorities will make up the majority.