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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (April 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679750088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679750086
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As of 1998, whites are a minority in the state of California. Part of the state's response to its increasing multiculturalization is rooted in a conservative backlash that has launched successful voter initiatives against bilingual education, affirmative action programs, and the extension of public services to illegal immigrants. On the other hand, Latino voting rates have more than doubled, establishing a new, unignorable electoral bloc, and nearly one out of every five children born in California in 1996 came from a multiracial family.

These points are all worth mentioning because history shows us that where California goes, the rest of the United States will eventually follow. But while most of the political debate over the state's transformation has been marked by extremism on both sides, Pulitzer-winning journalist Dale Maharidge has chosen to talk to the ordinary people--white, black, Latino, and Asian--who are quietly creating the California of tomorrow. The Coming White Minority is a remarkable work of social journalism that combines intimate portraits with expansive history lessons; what Maharidge has to say about Californian society will prove illuminating for all Americans.

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"California is America's multicultural tomorrow," declares Maharidge, coauthor of And Their Children After Them, which won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize. So he aims to sketch the "California that is bewildered and trying to adjust," by focusing on four characters over the past four years: a Latina lawmaker, an immigrant Chinese college student, a black sheriff's deputy and an increasingly conservative white suburbanite. His book is worthy but flawed. Maharidge preachily declares at the outset that immigration is less the problem than "unbridled multinational capitalism." His major characters hardly cross paths, making the narrative somewhat disjointed. Maharidge charges that Latino and Democratic lawmakers let Governor Pete Wilson shape anti-immigrant sentiment by refusing to acknowledge white anxiety or to criticize white employers who benefit from cheap labor. He suggests that the campus climate at UC-Berkeley is not separatist but rather reflects the transition to a new multicultural mix. He notes that the huge sums now being devoted by California to prison construction might be better diverted to steer youth from crime. He urges a search for common ground in the press, at the workplace and at schools. Echoing commentators like Todd Gitlin and Michael Lind, Maharidge urges a focus on inequality rather than on ethnic difference; he also observes trenchantly that the coming white minority must recognize that its future lies in "interdependence based on common interests." Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In March 2013, "Bringing Mulligan Home/The Other Side of the Good War" will come out. You can go to my Amazon author page(click the link above the word "biography" and my picture on the top left of this block of text) to find a video I made about it. This is my 10th book and the most personal one of them all. It's a 12-year quest to learn of my father's war from the last survivors from his U.S. Marine unit. I discovered that my father suffered severe blast concussion and learned that is why he was so messed up. I also went to Okinawa to find the families of men I believed he may have killed, to return Japanese items with names on them that Dad brought home. In August, my first fiction was published. "Leapers" is an Amazon Kindle Single. There is also a video about that and you can see it right on the Amazon page for the book.

Later in the Spring, the paperback of "Someplace Like America / Tales from the New Great Depression" will come out. Bruce Springsteen wrote a foreword. This book is about our 30 years of covering workers. We bring the story up to the present grim time for so many millions of Americans. We update the stories of the homeless we found back in the 1980s and found out how they are doing today.

I have several Facebook pages. The author one: Go to Facebook and type in "Dale Dimitro Maharidge." Others: "Someplace Like America: The Book" and "Bringing Mulligan Home." If you are not a Facebook member, you can still view the pages typing in the titles, plus "Facebook", in Google.

Also in FB:

"The Last Great American Hobo by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson"

"And their Children After Them By Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson"


Dale Maharidge - December 19, 2012

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Yang on November 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
An extraordinary and perceptive work on the issues of race and ethnicity and future of this country. The author makes effective use of the stories of four people caught up in the political maelstrom of California and race politics- (actually culture and ethnicity, as race is a cultural construct).
However, he does not provide any easy answers nor does he provide a convenient scapegoat. What he does provide is a lucid understanding of the problem: the levels of white fear, the complex interaction of race and class, and the complex interaction among the 'non-white' ethnic groups. It's not just a black and white issue.
Anybody seeking a deeper understanding of issues, without the extremist rhetoric (from both sides) clouding the view should check out the book. He truly makes an attempt to seek out all sides of the issue. After all, this is a multi-facted issues that has a wide spectrum of views.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Rossa on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I lived through all the years Dale Maharidge described in his book "The Coming White Minority."

I live in Chicago. In this city we have Large Neighborhoods of Hispanics. Mr. Maharidge described the situations and attitudes accurately.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great overview of the current race and immigration situation in the state of California. The book is largly unbiased and informative, although the author's constant scapegoating of California's jail construction projects gets old. As wasteful as all the prisons may be, they are not the primary cause of California's economic troubles.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Maharidge's tome is a revelation and a must-read by every literate American. His research is exhaustive, and his conclusions based on the facts that he unearthed are firm yet fair. The Pulitzer committees blundered terribly by overlooking this important, wonderfully written work. Maharidge is a gifted writer.
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20 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Maharidge forgets one thing. Whites will be a minority in 2050 if we continue with the current immigration policy. Maharidge said Prop 187 was anti-immigrant. It was in fact anti-illegal immigration. He said that Peter Brimelow in his book "Alien Nation" said that foreigners are incapable of assimilating. He said no such thing. Brimelow said that in some sections of america, some groups have not assimilated and he proved it. Maharidge ignorers the fact of race and crime and the correlation between them. He ignores how most of the new gangs in the last 10 years were formed by Hispanic immigrants. He accuses whites in California of being racist, but neglects to mention that people don't want to live near anyone who doesn't assimilate. Maharidge was very one sided. He was cleary biased.
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