#Destination2043 – A Twitter Chat on Race, Demographic Change, and Multiracial America
In September, CSI Senior Fellow launched a new series on race, demographic changes, and how we are building more inclusive and multiracial communities. Read her first post here. We followed the post up with a Twitter chat that brought together:
- Glenn Harris, Center for Social Inclusion (@glennharriscsi)
- Marisa Franco, #Not1More (@marisa_franco)
- Tia Oso, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (@tia_oso)
- Janelle Wong, Asian American Studies program, University of Maryland (@ProfJanelleWong)
- Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association of New York (@lsarsour)
You can view the whole Twitter Chat. But, we’ve got your cheat sheet right here with a Top 5 list of the Twitter Chat’s messages, tips and best practices that we thought would be useful for racial justice advocates. Tell us if you agree, what other questions and issues you’d like addressed, and your own ideas and practices for bringing more equitable and inclusive communities as America’s racial landscape transforms.
*Idea #1: According to Census data, people of color will become the majority population for the first time in our nation’s history around 2043. Asians and Latinos are main demographic drivers. But, greater numbers of people of color do not automatically translate into economic and political power.
*Idea #2: We must push back against false and misleading narratives that becoming a nation where people of color are the majority means that we are post-racial and color-blind. Instead, we need to lift up the pockets of racial inequality and frame the ways in which class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other factors affect opportunity and equity in America.
*Idea #3: We need to find more precise and inclusive language to reflect the experiences of people of color, which centers the experiences of Black communities and recognizes that people of color are not a monolith.
*Idea #4: Multiracial solidarity and unity can’t just be buzzwords and theoretical concepts. Acknowledging historic and ongoing systemic racism and intersectional oppression, and centralizing anti-Blackness, can inform and guide our racial equity work. Practicing multiracial unity includes power sharing, relationship building, showing up – especially when it’s not our core issue – and being prepared for this work to be at times, messy and challenging.
*Idea #5. This affects all of us. Everyone must be invested in building more equitable and inclusive communities.
Have thoughts and would like to continue the conversation? Tweet @theCSI and use the hashtag #Destination2043