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The Changing Face of America

Pew’s Paul Taylor on trends in the racial/ethnic breakdown of the U.S. population over the last century.
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A selection from "Scene in America: A Contemporary Look at the Black Male Image," an exhibition currently running at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A selection from "Scene in America: A Contemporary Look at the Black Male Image," an exhibition currently running at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In this 20-minute video, the Pew Research Center’s Paul Taylor discusses trends in the racial/ethnic breakdown of the U.S. population over the last century. Taylor discusses a number of related issues, including the income and wealth gap, perceptions about interracial relations, and the electoral implications of the demographic changes. For instance, while Ronald Reagan once said Hispanics are “Republicans who don’t know it yet,” there’s no evidence that they’re any closer to realizing it. As Hispanics and Asians make up an increasing proportion of the voting population, old electoral strategies based on winning most of the White vote are no longer sufficient to win a national election.

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I’d skip the introductory remarks and start just after the two-minute mark.

http://youtu.be/dqcUDGWMODk

This post originally appeared on Sociological Images, a Pacific Standard partner site.

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