BROWN IS THE NEW WHITE by Steve Phillips


How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority
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An activist treatise on how shifting American demographics are changing the political climate.

In a hard-hitting, peremptory discourse, social justice authority and civil rights attorney Phillips appeals for profound political changes significant enough to match what he claims is an encroaching wave of multiracial progressive voters he dubs the “New American Majority.” With abundant use of solid statistics, the author delivers the news that over the past five decades, the population of American people of color has tripled in growth. He advocates for the ushering in of a new era in which political candidates duly recognize this majority. Phillips cautions that Progressive Party constituents won’t gain political offices without multiracial support and that this particular demographic must be tapped much more aggressively than it currently is. He lucidly presents and supports the math behind the census demographics and further enumerates the varied racial groups who collectively make up this new majority. However, his critical scrutiny of America’s historical preoccupation with what he calls the “White superiority mindset” (and with the Caucasian race in general) undermines his root goal of social equality. He speculates why white politicians have been so ineffective in creating positive social change and critiques the progressive movement’s poor performance in acknowledging and harnessing the voting power of this diverse population. Alongside brilliant commentary on the urgent necessity of cultural competence, the book’s closing chapters offer practical remedies and show how to integrate the strategies of the business world in stemming campaign funding wastefulness and overhauling American public policy. Though overly heavy-handed at times, Phillips’ robust plea for profound political changes is motivating and will invite those new to the discussion to join in the fight for social change and racial equality in America.

A passionate discussion of race and politics sure to inspire heated debate and, hopefully, proactive solutions.

Pub Date: Feb. 2nd, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-62097-115-4
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: New Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2015


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