924 2042 (08-22-2020)

To the long list of
including but not limited to:
the current White House resident;
climate change;
race relations;
gun control;
the economy….
I’d like to add another:


Like as in a year?

The year to which
population experts point
for the second time in its history,
whites will no longer be
the majority
in the United States.

That’s why
I want to live long enough
to die
in 2045,
thus giving me three years
of witnessing life in an America
where there is
no such thing
as a numerically dominant racial majority.
The unstoppable evolution of demographics
between now and 2042
will be the most interesting
epoch in our history.
And how America handles
the shift
from monochromatic power and inflexible caste authority
to a culture of diversity
is going to be fascinating to watch.


It will not depend on elections.
Voter surpression will have no impact.
It will not be prevented
by a shrinking white majority.
struggling to hold
its position on the ladder.
It will happen
because humans make babies.
It will happen because
since what this country stands for
was established at its birth,
want to and will come
to help fulfill it,
welcome or not,
legal or not,
walking through open doors
into open arms
or crawling through tunnels
beneath barb wired walls,
or swimming oceans,
or landing at Kennedy
sitting in first class seats
on jumbo jets from
New Deli and Tokyo.

The nature of this nations population
is going to change.
For the better, I believe.
A diverse society is a stronger society.
And inter-racial couples in TV commercials
don’t raise eyebrows much anymore.
And a Latino stand-up-comic in Dallas
can take shots at dumb white guys without ducking.
That’s why I want 25 more years.
So I can witness
how humanity is manifested in the midst
of this dramatic, evolutionary alteration.

The results of this 2020 election
will be an indication
of how that alteration
will progress through
to its culmination.
And THAT is a
biggest issue in this election,
along with all the others.
Fairly important vote,
wouldn’t you say?


I am creeping up on 72.
Will I be able to witness
those tectonic shifts
in the coming quarter of a century?
Will I make it to 97
with my body still able
and my mind still functioning?
though not
But I sure want to!
So I’ll keep swimming laps
and eating healthy
and listening to my doctor….
and measuring shifting fault lines
beneath my feet
and praying.

And voting.

Join me?

About Ken Greenman

Married and Happy. Retired and busy. Living in NC. 71 and counting. December 12, 2020 and it's 72! ... I would love some written comments, critiques, adulation or kind suggestions.... If you have the time and or inclination, please feel free! Not in fear but by faith. We will see. See you later! If you ever want to talk for real, email me and I will send you my cell number.... I am enjoying this!
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