Tue, 20 November 2018
Professor Bernard L. Fraga (@blfraga) joins us on today's show to discuss his new book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America. We're live at 12:00 pm ET.
Professor Fraga explains that there is a lack of mobilization of racial and ethnic minority groups in the American electorate. Specifically, Democratic candidates are not reaching out enough to Latino, African American, and Asian American voters. In most districts, candidates understand through basic demographics, white voter turnout is the decisive factor in a candidate's respective race. However, Fraga shows the stunning disparity in turnout between the white and minority voters. Election campaigns have become more racialized and now Democrats, who hold a smaller share of the white electorate, need to be more present in minority communities. Republicans doubled down on white identity campaign rhetoric to turn out the large coalitions of white voters in very white states like WI, MI, PA, and OH. Fraga also reflecting on the midterms, voter suppression and election stealing, arguing that these things are happening in states where turnout is high and minority communities are mobilized in the electorate. If the Democratic Party believes its future is bright in a minority-majority America, they need to begin advocating for that national vision now.
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