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By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine, Aug. 27, 2021

Casey Chalk is a senior contributor at The Federalist. He holds a Masters in Theology from Christendom College.

Mainstream corporate media have been all over a recent U.S. Census Bureau report noting that Americans identifying as white have declined in numbers for the first time on record, while the Hispanic and Asian populations experienced significant growth in the past decade. Though this has, of course, provoked many predictable commentaries on race in America (because we haven’t had enough of those in the last 18 months), there is also much debate regarding the confluence of factors that are affecting population growth and demographics in this country. And those factors, I would argue, are of far more interest than endless palavers over racial diversity.

The first of those factors is COVID-19, though not the pandemic “baby bust” highlighted by demographers.  …