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Steve Phillips Explains to Corporate Executives Why 'Brown is the New White'

"Every single day, there are 7,000 new people of color added to the U.S. population, and 1,000 whites," author Steve Phillips said.

Civil rights attorney Steve Phillips, author of the New York Times bestselling book "Brown Is the New White," told some of the nation's top thought leaders and corporate executives committed to diversity and inclusion that a "New American Majority" is "transforming all manners of modern society."


Phillips was the keynote speaker at DiversityInc's fall conference, "Conquering Recruiting Challenges," on Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey. He said the United States' rapidly changing demographics make progressive people of color and progressive whites the "New American Majority." This has created a new American market of diverse consumers and a new talent pool.

Phillips said that in the workplace highly talented people of color are often "hiding in plain sight" and used the entertainment industry as an example. He said the now widely famous Lee Daniels, co-creator of Fox's "Empire"; actress Taraji P. Henson, a star of the show; and Shonda Rhimes, creator, executive producer and showrunner of ABC's "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," all have had long careers in the industry.

"They were there all along, hiding in plain sight waiting to be believed in, invested in, promoted and empowered," Phillips, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said.

Viewers who comprise the New American Majority have given TV shows with diverse casts astronomical ratings, thus propelling Daniels, Henson and Rhimes' careers.

"The success of TV shows like 'Empire' and 'Scandal' is a testament to the fact that the composition, character and identity of America are changing rapidly," he said.

"This demographic revolution is transforming all manners of modern society from the shows that we watch to the markets that we serve, to the employees we hire, to the presidents we elect."

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As Phillips explains in "Brown is the New White," in the four decades since Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the percentage of people of color in America has tripled, which he said ushered in a new political era for a lasting New American Majority.

"Every single day, there are 7,000 new people of color added to the U.S. population, and 1,000 whites," Phillips said. "So every hour, every minute, the country is getting increasingly diverse."

Latinos are the largest minority group in the country, he said, comprising about 55 million people, "and only 18 percent of Latinos are undocumented."

"The fastest growing group is actually Asian Americans," Phillips added.

Report: Whites No Longer Majority, Asians Largest Immigrant Group

According to a Pew Research Center study, by 2065, there will be 78 million immigrants. In 2015, the foreign-born population increased to 14 percent, or 45 million. Asians are predicted to surpass Latinos in 2065 as the largest immigrant group. Since 2011, Asia has been the largest source region among recently arrived immigrants.

As a result of Congress passing the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965, immigrants and their descendants have fueled the U.S. population. The law replaced the national origins quota system with a seven-category preference system emphasizing family reunification and skilled immigrants, which increased immigration from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

"The New American Majority want and welcome the cultural changes happening in America," Phillips said. "There are people who'd like to see a taco truck on every corner, as one of Trump's supporters warned in a recent interview."

He added the New American Majority also includes 4 million Arab Americans, and Native Americans.

"Politically, Native Americans can be decisive in several states, he said. "Indigenous people of Alaska are 19 percent of the population, 8.5 percent in South Dakota and 6.5 percent in Arizona."

Phillips, a political expert, said the historic election of President Barack Obama is also proof of the New American Majority. In 2008, Obama's share of white working-class support was 40 percent, and it was 36 percent in 2012.

"In 2012 he received 5 million fewer white votes than in 2008, and still won," Phillips said. "In 2016 it would take even fewer white votes to win than Obama received."

He said progressive whites are essential to a winning coalition, but progressive politicians must begin to vie for voters of color instead of solely focusing on a decreasing population of white swing voters.

"Black voters are frequently overlooked and taken for granted," Phillips said. "Most articles and commentaries on the progressive base focus on white progressive leaders and organizations and they ignore the Black Lives Matter movement, and leaders like Van Jones and others."

He noted that more African Americans voted for Obama than white men did.

"It is Black voters who are the most dependable component of the progressive coalition for the past 40 years," he said. "Since 1986 at least 80 percent of African Americans have voted for the Democratic nominee."

Steve Phillips is author of the New York Times bestselling book, "Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority," and founder of Democracy in Color, a multimedia platform on race, politics, and the New American Majority.

'You Will Be Wiped Out,' Says White Woman to Latina in Phoenix: Video

"I prefer the whole freakin' nation to be white," the woman says.

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Lennys Bermudez was at a restaurant in north Phoenix when a white customer assailed her with racist comments, reflective of today's "political climate," Bermudez said.

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Non-Whites Make Up Half of Post-Millennial Generation: Study

Latinx post-Millennials represent the future of American voters. Democrats need to pay attention for 2020 and beyond.

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A new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data finds that the "post-Millennial" generation, which are those born after 1996, "is already the most racially and ethnically diverse generation, as a bare majority of 6-to 21-year-olds (52%) are non-Hispanic whites."

The only population of youth that has grown substantially since the age of the Baby Boomers in 1968 is Latinx. They were born in the U.S. and go to college before entering the workforce.

In the 2018 midterm elections, millions more Latinx voted than in 2014.

According to Pew, "Latinos made up an estimated 11 percent of all voters nationwide on Election Day, nearly matching their share of the U.S. eligible voter population."

Exit polls for the midterms this year said 67% of youth overall voted for a House Democratic candidate and just 32% for a House Republican candidate, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Thirty-eight women of color — Black, Latinx, Native American — won seats of real power—including the youngest Congresswoman, Alexandria Oscario-Cortez, 29, a Latina.

However, Democrats lost Texas and Florida because they didn't pay attention to voter decline among Latinx (36.5 percent) across the country.

Pews' analysis on changing demographics correlates with author Steve Phillips' discussion in "Brown Is the New White," which explains that people of color and white progressive voters are America's new majority.

Democratic candidates of color and women (Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama) have outperformed previous candidates in statewide elections in Florida and Georgia over the last 20 years, Phillips wrote in a recent New York Times column. Abrams garnered more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history.

Phillips says Obama's playbook is what wins: mobilization over persuasion, along with inspiring people of all races to vote, and being strong in their positions on racism, Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform and gun control.

"Yes, the strategy of mobilizing voters of color and progressive whites is limited by the demographic composition of particular states. But what Mr. Obama showed twice is that it works in enough places to win the White House. And that is exactly the next electoral challenge."

Phillips said, "These campaigns laid the groundwork for future Democratic success, because the thousands of volunteers, operatives and new voters will pay dividends for the 2020 Democratic nominee."

Reader Question: Do you think the 2020 candidates will tailor their approach to meet the demands of a diverse generation?

Motel 6 to Pay Millions in Settlement for Giving Guest Lists to ICE

Latino guests were the main targets, and individual checks aren't nearly enough for the "inconvenience."

Motel 6 has agreed to pay at least $7.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit after multiple locations of the hotel chain surrendered guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

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Democrats in Midterm Jeopardy Over Poor Outreach to Latinos

Failure to directly address concerns leads to weak support. Races in Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Florida, states with growing Hispanic populations, are bungled.

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Democrats are struggling to secure the Latino vote in the midterm elections because the party did not engage Latino voters strongly enough.

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Viral Video: 'A Scary Time' Song Mocks Trump

Lynzy Lab's song takes a jab at comments President Trump made during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process about men not being safe.

Lynzy Lab Stewart has become an overnight sensation after releasing her parody song about the #HimToo movement. Lab's video on YouTube has garnered more than 950,000 views.

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Voter Registration Deadline for 15 States Today

"Do not assume you are properly registered to vote," warns activist Shaun King.

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"Do not assume you are properly registered to vote," warned Shaun King repeatedly. His wife went to vote with her registration card in her hand, and they said she couldn't vote. King said some of the reasons that people are being turned away are nefarious.

Fifteen states close registration today, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. States that do not have online registration: Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, and Texas.

A list of every state's deadline and links to each state's voting requirements was published by the New York Times.

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Latino Man Called Racial Slurs at Chicago Cubs Game: Video

Racial slurs hurled in bleachers on Hispanic Heritage Night resulted in a brawl.

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The Chicago Cubs might have broken their long drought of world series titles but they have not changed their racist fan base.

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Inspiring Words of Wisdom for Latina Women and Immigrants

"Take advantage of the excellent resources and tools available to you," says Corporate Finance Manager, Elsa Carballo

Produced by: Alana Winns
Videography by: Christian Carew