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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?

White Supremacist Propaganda Invades College Campuses: Report

"They see campuses as a fertile recruiting ground," said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

White supremacist group Vanguard America vandalized a Black History Month poster at Middle Tennessee University last week with propaganda, along with "plastering college campuses with fliers, demonstrating the trend shows no signs of stopping," according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

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Ex-Student Who Used Bodily Fluids to Harass Black Roommate, Avoids Hate Crime Charge

"This is a hate crime. Let's stop playing games," said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the NAACP Connecticut chapter.

Brianna Brochu, a white, former University of Hartford student who rubbed her used tampons on her Black roommate, Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe's, backpack and allegedly put Rowe's toothbrush in places "where the sun doesn't shine," will not face hate crime charges.

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White Student Who Tried to Harm Black Roommate Faces Hate Crime Charge

Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe's University of Hartford roommate used her bodily fluids to contaminate her possessions.

The hashtag #JusticeForJazzy prompted national attention to the plight of Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe, 18, a Black University of Hartford student, whose white roommate rubbed used tampons on her backpack and poisoned her body lotion, among other hateful incidents.

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Black Cornell Student Beaten in Racially Charged Attack

The university has seen several racially charged incidents over the past few weeks.

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A Black Cornell University junior claims he was beaten by a group of white students in what appears to be yet another racially charged incident at the school.

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College Leaves Students with More Personal Finance Questions Than Answers: U.S. Bank Study

There also exists a gap between white and multicultural students.

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Students are most interested in learning about saving, investing and credit, and the majority have more concerns about each topic at graduation than they did entering college. This according to results of U.S. Bank's 2017 Student Financial Literacy Study, which includes quantitative survey and qualitative interview research with incoming and current college students.

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Attorneys General to DeVos: Delaying Student Loan Protections Is 'Injustice for Students'

"Yet again and again, Secretary DeVos and the Trump administration put unscrupulous special interests before students," New York AG Eric Schneiderman said.

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A group of 21 attorneys general signed an open letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her to reinstate protections for students scammed by for-profit colleges.

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FBI Investigates Racially Charged Banana, Noose Incident at American University

Racist incidents targeted American University's first Black woman student government president and targeted her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

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Michelle Obama Applauds Beyoncé's 'Formation Scholars'

"Thank you for investing in our girls," Michelle Obama said about the college scholarship program.

Beyoncé has announced that it's time for young women to get into her scholarship formation.

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Sodexo Insights: Residence Life Turns Campus into Community

"Students are placing greater emphasis on residence life programs when contemplating their options for higher education," says Sodexo North America's CEO of Universities East Jim Jenkins.

Jim Jenkins is CEO of Universities East for Sodexo North America (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) where he oversees more than 400 college and university partnerships.

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Georgetown to Apologize, Offer Preferred Admission to Descendants of 272 Slaves it Sold

Student activism has led to Georgetown University taking steps to rectify its historic ties to the enslavement of African Americans.

 

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Michelle Obama: Five Crucial Points of Her Final Commencement Address

The First Lady offered stirring words of wisdom touching on diversity, the dangers of Trump and how President Obama is "the son of a man from Kenya."

First Lady Michelle Obama had both a political and personal conversation with almost 4,000 students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at The City College of New York's commencement ceremony on Friday. Political, as she made references to Trump's divisive language against diversity, and personal, as she noted her American story includes waking up "in a house that was built by slaves."

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