FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2012
Contact: Eric Katzman, 646-723-4344
Statement by Center for Social Inclusion About the 2012 Presidential Election
New York, NY – On November 6th, voters decided to grant President Barack Obama a second term in office. The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) congratulates President Barack Obama on re-election. CSI also appreciates Governor Mitt Romney for his commitment to public service and willingness to lead.
Many political pundits and analysts have credited Black, Latino, and to a lesser extent, Asian voters for their decisive role in this election. CNN exit polling indicates that Black, Latino and Asian voters voted overwhelmingly for President Obama (93%, 71% and 73%, respectively). Coupled with the relative growth of this “new majority”, it is clear that any successful Presidential campaign should include people of color.
We at the Center for Social Inclusion welcome this national discussion on race, participation and the elections. However, we believe that the conversation on inclusive politics must move beyond voting.
Our nation faces daunting challenges in the years ahead. And the fact is that we cannot build a nation that works for everyone without supporting and seeking the full participation of people of color, particularly as they represent the fastest growing demographic in the country. People of color must be included in the policy solutions that address our nation’s most pressing issues that include jobs, transportation, education and immigration policies.
With the looming “fiscal cliff” in January that, if not repealed, will cut programs that provide families with support for services that keep them afloat in hard times and build a better future, millions of Americans stand to lose support. Communities of color will be amongst the most abandoned. In the tough times ahead, we must not be afraid to engage in honest conversations about race that will help unite us and build the will for policy solutions that will help all of us succeed, whether we are White, Black, Latino, Asian or Native.
“The question isn’t how Governor Romney could have gained more votes from people of color or how President Obama could have attracted more White voters. The question is are we, all Americans, identifying problems and solutions and working together, or are we divided by race? Moving forward, this question should be on all of our minds and on both sides of the aisle as we think about our policy priorities in the coming years,” says Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion.
About the Center for Social Inclusion:
The Center for Social Inclusion works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive. Visit www.centerforsocialinclusion.org.