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Democracy in Color's Steve Phillips Shares His Perspective on Midterm Elections

There was an extraordinary turnout of people rallying for "the defender of white supremacy in the White House," said Phillips.

Author Steve Phillips speaking at a 2016 DiversityInc event.

By Keka Araujo and Sheryl Estrada

There's a multicultural progressive New American Majority that made its voice heard in Tuesday's midterm elections, according to Steve Phillips, a national political leader and civil rights lawyer.

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Steve Phillips: The Revolutionary Implications of Stacey Abrams' Victory

"The implications of her win for progressive politics and the future of the country are revolutionary in terms of political strategy and approach," writes Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color and New York Times best-selling author.

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By Steve Phillips

(Originally Published on TheNation.com)

"The Rainbow Coalition is like a quilt—many patches, many pieces, many colors, bound by a common thread." I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the 1988 Democratic National Convention listening to Jesse Jackson describe his vision for how a multiracial and explicitly progressive coalition of people of color and progressive whites could lead Democrats to victory across the country. Although Jackson's bid for the nomination fell short, the surprising success of his candidacy—he won 11 contests and nearly tripled his delegate total from 1984—revealed the potential of a campaign rooted in the country's demographic revolution.

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Brown: How the Democrats Won in Alabama

Chasing the white swing voter is a losing strategy. Steve Phillips documented that in his book, "Brown is the New White," but Hillary wasn't paying attention. Watch this video to understand our country.

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."

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Multiracial, Multiethnic Babies on the Increase in U.S.: Study

The rate is three times greater than it was in 1980.

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In 2015, about one-in-seven, or 14 percent of, children in the U.S. under the age of one were multiracial or multiethnic, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. The rate is three times greater than it was in 1980.

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Why Courting White Voters Will Not Save the Democratic Party

By not leveraging the growing population of minority voters — who over time will collectively become the majority — Democrats are contributing to their party's own demise.

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A key factor that contributed to the Democratic Party's loss in the presidential election was its failure to engage minority voters. And trends indicate that this will only become more important for the fate of politics in future elections.

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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."

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