As a newly re-elected President Barack Obama promises that the best is yet to come, ethnic minorities in the US hope that this will include fulfilling president’s promise to adopt new immigration policy and to create a framework for legalizing existing long term present immigrants.
The message of this presidential election is that both camps; republicans and democrats need to rethink their strategies in regard to ethnic minorities.
Democrats need to fulfill their promises to retain ethnic minority votes, whilst republicans need to change their approach if they want to have a realistic chance in the next presidential race.
The US demographic is changing and incorporates more and more Latinos, Asians and other minorities. William Marsh, political reporter for Tampa Tribunal, described Latino population as a threat to the Republican Party. Perhaps using the word challenge rather than threat would have been a better choice.
According to Reuters/Ipsos Election Day polling, Obama won 66% of the Hispanic vote and Paul Taylor from Pew Research Centre points out that ‘Every four-year cycle the electorate gets a little bit more diverse. And it’s going to continue’. He adds that ‘this is a very powerful demographic that’s changing our politics and our destiny’.
Available data indicates that the US is on route to become a ‘majority minority’ nation and the elections results highlight the political impact they will continue to have, as Latinos are becoming the fastest growing demographic group.
Al Cardenas, the head of the American Conservative Union, says: ‘Our party needs to realize that it’s too old and too white and too male and it needs to figure out how to catch up with the demographics of the country before it’s too late’.
Are things looking up for ethnic minorities in the US?
What are your thoughts? Can President Obama convince the Congress and deliver his promises?