Achieving this will require countering fear of the unknown, especially among older whites, the only part of the white population that is projected to increase, and the one that votes. They need to be made aware that this dramatic demographic transformation is underway, and that it will benefit them. Investments in younger minorities — whom they may not yet see as their children and grandchildren — are crucial not only to the success of the nation's economy but also to future contributions to government programs like Social Security and Medicare.
In a 2006 study of jury decision making, social psychologist Samuel Sommers of Tufts University found that racially diverse groups exchanged a wider range of information during deliberation about a sexual assault case than all-white groups did. In collaboration with judges and jury administrators in a Michigan courtroom, Sommers conducted mock jury trials with a group of real selected jurors. Although the participants knew the mock jury was a court-sponsored experiment, they did not know that the true purpose of the research was to study the impact of racial diversity on jury decision making.