3 Ways Racial Diversity Has Changed in Politics

In today’s world, diversity is a word used often in many aspects of society. However, it is used more in politics than any other area. As a new generation of leaders make their mark on the political scene, there are many ways racial diversity has expressed itself in the world in which we live.

The Rise of Hispanics
With one-in-five Millennials now being Hispanic, the face of politics has started to change. In addition, issues that are considered important to the Hispanic population are coming to the forefront of political discussions. Among these are immigration, economic equality, education, civil rights, and more. As more Hispanics have immigrated to the United States, racial and ethnic diversity have increased dramatically. Along with this, more Hispanics are now becoming involved in politics in an effort to have their voices heard on the local, state, and national levels. Along with larger groups of Hispanics participating in elections, more Hispanic candidates are now running for offices nationwide.

Racial Diversity and Social Issues
As such social issues as gay marriage, immigration, abortion, and others make their way into the political discussion, racial diversity has had a major influence on which ones get the most attention. Despite many gains in civil rights, African-Americans who are in political office on all levels of government still point to many discrepancies that disproportionately affect younger African-Americans. Among the most talked-about today include criminal justice reform, which has been called for when study after study has shown much higher rates of incarceration and recidivism for African-Americans than other groups of the United States population.

Political Leadership
Along with the changes that have come regarding which issues are now important on the political landscape, political leadership itself has changed due to racial diversity. With the election of Barack Obama as U.S. President, the door has been swung wide open for candidates of all races and ethnicities to run for elected office. In fact, some of the most popular politicians on the national scene exemplify the changing face of American politics. Governors Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and many others have changed the way politics is looked at in the nation today, and have also inspired others to become candidates themselves.

As the United States political landscape continues to change in the years ahead, it’s anticipated that racial diversity will continue to become an even more important part of the world in which we live. In doing so, it will also bring hope to those who thought they would have none.