Will a Majority Minority America Prompt a GOP Makeover?Published by Andre Showell on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm.
Census figures that project minorities will outnumber the majority of whites in the U.S. in the future may trigger an inevitable turning point for the GOP. The news means that, in order to remain viable, the party whose base is largely white and aging now faces a major dilemma: how to stay alive in a world that is rapidly changing.
So what does this news mean for not only conservatives, but Democrats as well? I believe that the evolving demographic landscape will ultimately signal a sea change from which Blacks, Latinos and Asians stand to benefit.
It could be that the Republican National Committee, out of necessity, will have to appeal to some of the policies that minority voters care about. If the goal is to stay viable, the party will be forced to revamp or suffer the consequences.
But don’t think that the Democratic National Committee is off the hook. If the RNC adopts more minority-friendly platforms, Democrats will, in turn, have to work harder to keep its loyal base of supporters and defeat some of the criticism that it takes the minority vote for granted.
Imagine a Republican party that promotes affirmative action, the Dream Act and entitlement programs, or a Democratic party that pushes for reparations or a national apology for slavery. This may sound like political science fiction, but given the new projections about the looming majority minority electorate, OUR vote may be THE vote that everyone wants.