Race & Ethnicity

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Republicans, Immigration and a Blue Texas

The growing importance of immigration and the Hispanic vote is further highlighted in this piece from the New Yorker. It offers the slightly surreal prospect of a Democrat voting Texas as a potential outcome of Republican immigration policy. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/11/19/121119fa_fact_lizza Advertisements


This piece in Foreign Affairs examines the inreasing importance of Hispanics in US politics. It also suggests that unless Republicans do more to win Hispanic vote their hopes of recapturing the White House are doomed. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138430/ray-suarez/hispanics-and-national-politics

The Hispanic Vote

This excellent piece in Foreign Affairs examines the importance of the Hispanic vote in US presidential elections. It also suggests that unless the Republicans can find a way of winning over Hispanics they will struggle to win the Electoral College in the future. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138430/ray-suarez/hispanics-and-national-politics?page=show


An excellent summary of recent immigration policy from the NY Times. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/immigration-and-emigration/index.html

Black Candidates in 2012

The underrepresentation of African Americans in US politics is a key issue in the ‘Race and Ethnicity’ topic this excellent piece in the Washington Post examines the problems faced by African Americans in the 2012 Congressional elections. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/14/a-very-tough-election-for-black-candidates-not-named-obama/

Ethnic Minority Voters 2012

The outcome of the 2012 election could be determined by the electoral preferences of minority groups. The African American population in America has supported the Democrat Party since they became partr of the New Deal Coalition in the 1930s. In 2012 it is not whether or not African Americans will vote for Obama but whether … Continue reading

The changing ideology (?) of US political parties

The Washington Post has an interesting piece about the changing nature of the policy platforms put forward by American political parties. In the terminology of a Unit 1 UK politics question we would be discussing this in terms of ‘ideologies’ however as American politics has historically been ‘ideological- lite’ the notion of an evolving platform is perhaps … Continue reading

Incumbency in Congress

Congressional incumbency rates have been tumbling in recent years as more radical politicians challenge incumbent candidates. However, the success of Rep Charles Rangal and Sen Orrin Hatch provide good cases of the incumbent prevailing. Rangal is also an interesting case study of African- American representation although the redistricting of his Haarlem seat has seen it … Continue reading


Immigration issues have dogged the 2012 campaign as Hispanic voters are a key group in several swing states. Polling data for Hispanics can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/a-silver-lining-for-republicans-in-the-latino-vote/2012/06/25/gJQAQ7RD2V_blog.html The recent SCOTUS decision on SB 1070 has put Romney in a difficult position as he had previously stated that Arizona could provide a ‘model’ for other states. … Continue reading


Immigration is a key ‘wedge issue’ in US politics and has been receiving a lot of coverage in the American press recently. Obama’s announcement to suspend deportations of illegal migrants under 30 who contribute to US society is seen by many as a ploy to win over key Latino voters in 2012. Coverage of his … Continue reading

Republicans and Hispanics

Many commentators have suggested that the Hispanic vote could be key in 2012. It is certainly key for Unit 3. (Race politics, representation, elections and immigration). This piece from the Washington Post Blog suggests that Romney is still struggling on the issue of immigration to quote he’s ‘still deciding what his position is’.  In addition to … Continue reading

Mexican Immigration

The Economist covers the recent Pew Center report on Mexican immigration. The key pointsare as follows: 1) More Mexicans exited the USA than entered it between 2005- 2010. 2) The reasons for this trend are complicated: Policies- e.g. Aggressive tactics to encourage self deportation play a part as does straightforward ‘deportation’. Equally there are economic factors: … Continue reading

America is more divided by class than race

According to the Pew Research Centre- America’s divisions based on class have supplanted those based on race as the key cleavage in US society. This piece from yesterday’s Guardian suggests that while the US Presidential election of 2008 was fought on the issue of race, the battle on November will be fought on class lines. … Continue reading

African Americans in US Prisons

African Americans disproportionately populate US prisons with rates of incarceration far outstripping those of white Americans. The total number of African Americans in US prisons is greater than the population of Glasgow and Derby combined. This editorial piece by Gary Younge linked to a Radio 4 documentary explores why race has such a profound impact on whether … Continue reading


Some great stats on Hispanic immigration from the NY Times. The new chief examiner has emphasised that he sees Hispanics becoming a more important aspect of the Race and Ethnicity section in Unit 3 and the data may also be useful for a question on representation in the Elections topic as well. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/opinion/the-next-immigration-challenge.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

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