OOPS….The chart on the right, courtesy of this morning’s Washington Post, certainly seems alarming for the future of black America, doesn’t it? As Andrew Sullivan says, “only 4 percent of the under-fives are African-American….That’s a potentially huge future drop in the black presence in American life.”
Luckily for the future health of the NAACP, what seems at first like a woefully underreported demographic bombshell turns out to be a mere mistake from the Post’s chartmaker, who reversed the numbers for Blacks and Asians in the right hand column. Ethnically speaking, it turns out that about 15% of under-fives are black, and 4% are Asian.
This kind of thing reminds me of mistakes that change, say, millions into billions. I mean, anyone can screw up, but you’d think that something of this magnitude would catch someone’s attention.