the late night musings of an Obamacan

I have hesitated to write this diary for fear of starting a firestorm. I haven't been here at MyDD long, so I don't know what happened here during the primaries.  I don't know what any particular diarist stands for or who they support.  I only know that I have been surprised what makes the rec list.  I am sure there will be some who ask why are you even here or why should we care what you think. Yesterday, Brandon wrote an interesting diary about the year 2050. This is the year that the current minorities are projected to become the majority in this country.  Although I doubt I will be around, my children will and this intrigues me.

I say open and honest discourse is one of the fundamentals upon which my country was born.  Imagine the debates among the founding fathers.  The plateaus they reached for as they themselves led lives of contradiction.  Building a country based on liberty for all as they themselves held slaves, demeaned their female counterparts and killed the natives of this land. Yet they strived for a more perfect union.  

Tonight I ask this...Can we as Americans come together and have intelligent discourse?  

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Minorities now the Majority in Key States in the US

No wonder our "Xenophobe in Chief" Lou Dobbs is looking more worried each day. While we Democrats talk of turning red states blue, the demographic map  of the rainbow of people who make up the diverse population of the US is shifting, and in many areas of the US, "minorities" (a euphemism for people  of color; blacks, latinos, asians and Native Americans) are now the majority.

The US Census Bureau's  recent report shows interesting shifts in racial/ethnic demographics.

The NY Times reports:
Minorities Often a Majority of the Population Under 20


Foreshadowing the nation's changing makeup, one in four American counties have passed or are approaching the tipping point where black, Hispanic and Asian children constitute a majority of the under-20 population, according to analyses of census figures released Thursday.

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Record Youth And Minority Turnout Threatened By Persistent Election Barriers

Cross-posted at Project Vote's blog, Voting Matters

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

Reports and exits polls this entire political season have built a narrative of tremendous, even record-breaking voter participation, pushing us to believe that voter turnout in November will exceed all expectations.

Maybe.

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'Jim Crow Era' Voter Restrictions Continue to 'Dampen Voting Power'

Cross-posted at Project Vote's blog, Voting Matters

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

Despite growing political interest among Americans, this November millions of people who "live, work and raise families in our communities" will be denied the right to elect our next president  as a result of a past felony conviction. Felon disenfranchisement has raised concerns among advocates and legislators that such laws further perpetuate disparities not only in the electorate, but also in society.

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'Victory for Voter's Rights' Ensures Fair Elections

Cross-posted at Project Vote's blog, Voting Matters
Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

The battle  to protect the voting rights of low income and minority citizens was marked by several victories last week. In addition to the "three key battles" on voting rights outlined by Steven Rosenfeld last Friday - Missouri's controversial voter ID defeat, Arizona's agreement to comply with federal voter registration law, and voter ID crusader, Hans von Spakovsky's withdrawal from his Federal Election Commission nomination- on Monday Kansas governor, Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a voter ID bill citing "I cannot support creating any roadblock to prevent our citizens from adding their voices to the democratic discourse that makes our nation great," she said.

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