By William Wood, Ph.D. & Jock Gill
The May 26 edition of the Boston Globe printed an AP story with some fascinating data on the 2004 election in the United States:
Turnout of blacks, whites said higher in ’04 presidential vote
Rates seen unchanged for Hispanics, Asians
By Associated Press
May 26, 2005
WASHINGTON — Whites and blacks voted in the 2004 presidential elections at higher rates than they did four years earlier, the Census Bureau reported yesterday.
That was not the case with Hispanics, one of the most heavily courted groups of voters by the political parties. The voting rates did not change for Hispanics or Asian-Americans.
For too long the Democratic party has fallen into the zero sum trap of gender and identity politics. For too long one group has feared that anything given to another group must come at their expense. The GOP has been very effective splitting us along our identity lines in using this against us. It is time for us to take steps to adopt an all inclusive, win-win, strategy based upon justice and civil liberties for all. This is a strategy of high values for escaping from the identity conflicts that have plagued us for years.