How has the government addressed the issue of increasing minority populations?
This chapter shows us that the events leading up to our current society have created a country with an ever-growing diversity of people and culture. As we look toward the future we must realize that terms like ‘minorities’ will be outdated because in a few decades white people will be the ‘minority’. To frame increasing populations of color as an ‘issue that needs to be addressed’ is to suggest that there is a problem with increasing minority populations. This is only an issue if you believe that white people having a decrease in political power in our democracy is inherently an issue. Something the Republican party has fears as they perform poorly with non-white voters and has only won the popular vote in an election once in the last two decades.
That is why governmental responses to American demographic shifts are motivated by elections. Republicans support laws that make it harder to vote, refuse to update election infrastructure, use gerrymandering to split up the political power of communities of color, and deny those convicted of a crime their right to vote. While also including prison populations in census data to increase their electoral power locally and nationally. So generally, the government has responded to the increasing political power of minority populations by suppressing their vote and limiting the paths to citizenship for Black and Brown people.
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