The NY Times put out this article a few days ago about changing the demographic landscape of 94% white New Hampshire. The article, “New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How do you diversify a whole State?” is titled in such a way as if NH and all its residents are just clamoring to change the demographic landscape of the state as a whole. Something tells me this simply isn’t the case. A few excerpts from the article, with some added commentary:
Catalina Celentano used to hold training sessions for hospital workers in Lynn, Mass., to familiarize them with the cultures of patients from Cambodia, Russia and the Dominican Republic. When she moved to New Hampshire, she suddenly found herself in an ethnic vacuum.
“I went from being able to speak Spanish every day to not speaking Spanish at all because there wasn’t anybody to speak Spanish to,” said Mrs. Celentano, who was born in Colombia to a Colombian mother and Hungarian father. “The only person I spoke Spanish with was a cleaning lady and she moved back to Colombia.”
I’m sorry you can’t speak Spanish every day, Catalina. If that’s important to you perhaps you can move back Colombia?
New Hampshire, like its neighbors Vermont and Maine, is nearly all white. This has posed an array of problems for new arrivals, who often find themselves isolated and alone, without the comfort and support of a built-in community.
Why is it, without fail, that we the host must kowtow and bend over backwards to make everyone else comfortable when moving HERE. I don’t expect to be catered to, given free handouts, demand they speak English, or complain I feel uncomfortable because I’m a minority if I went to China or Japan or Mexico. Absurd.
With nonwhites poised to make up a majority of the American population in the next three decades, he said, diversity has become a bottom-line imperative for companies competing for talent, especially for workers who can speak other languages. As it stands, New Hampshire is 3 percent Latino, 2 percent African-American and 3 percent Asian, according to the census, with some people identifying as more than one race. The nation as a whole is 17 percent Latino, 14 percent African-American and 6 percent Asian.
“New Hampshire’s future economy is dependent on our ability to set ourselves up as a welcoming state,” Mr. Arvelo said at the meeting. “We do a great job marketing ourselves around travel and tourism. How do we use those tools to attract talent?”
The project grew out of informal talks over the last few years among a racially diverse coalition of people, including Mrs. Celentano, who say they want to change New Hampshire’s demographics. The effort is so new that it has no name. But it is drawing important players.
And there it is. So these talks are being put together by people who likely aren’t from New Hampshire and if they are they are the minority. And it’s being posed as if New Hampshire cannot survive as a state if they don’t do something drastic about it. This isn’t the 94% clamoring to make New Hampshire more diverse. Remember that. They’re not even hiding what they’re doing. They explicitly say they want to change the demographic makeup of New Hampshire. That’s population change. A hostile takeover. Grounds for war. Do you really think the residents of New Hampshire want to all of a sudden become a minority? New Hampshire is a microcosm of the country as a whole.
New Hampshire’s neighbors, Vermont and Maine, are 95 percent white, making northern New England collectively the whitest region in a nation where white residents make up just over 60 percent of the population, according to the census.
Northern New England does contain pockets that are less monolithic. They are concentrated in the largest communities — Portland, Me.; Burlington, Vt.; and in Manchester, N.H. In Manchester, for example, the white population has dropped to 82 percent, down from 98 percent in 1980. Since then, other ethnicities have been increasing, and as of 2016, Manchester was nearly 8 percent Hispanic, nearly 5 percent black and more than 4 percent Asian. In Lewiston, the second largest city in Maine, Somalis are well-established.
And oh how well that’s worked out for Maine so far. Except when Somali kids are attacking park goers or more federal money being pumped in for food. Or how about the fact that these Somali communities are known hotbeds for terrorist recruitment. Oh the wonderful benefits of diversification!
She said in an interview later that the lack of certain basic services also made settling in places like New Hampshire difficult for minorities. These include hair salons that cater to African-American women, she said, as well as restaurants and supermarkets that offer ethnic foods and stores that sell traditional clothing.
Shame on New Hampshire for not having more salons specific to African-American women. Who cares if they would go out of business before New Hampshire was enriched for lack of African-American clientele. The government can just give free handouts to the businesses to keep them running. Duh!