So much of politics is based on perception. In regards to race relations, the perception is that the Democrats are more color-conscious in their policies while Republicans are more color-blind in theirs; I know that this is an over simplification of each political party, but that’s the general consensus. When you consider just the lens of race in politics, those who are ethnic minorities generally support the Democrats more than Republicans, thus it seems that Democrats will then support them in legislation.
Because of those overriding perceptions, I think that what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was doing when speaking to Howard University (Slate), a Historically Black College, and at the University of California, Berkeley, (SFGate.com) a bastion of liberal politics, was Continue reading
Sometimes I check the box Asian, but it doesn’t really describe how I feel. Neither does Pacific Islander. I may not always imbue it, but I am immensely proud when a Filipino/-American achieves something in politics. Steve Austria is the first first-generation Filipino to be elected to the US House, a republican from Ohio. But I am hoping for even more. With a record number of Asian-Americans running and being elected, the country is starting to realize that there really isn’t such a thing as ‘winning’ the Asian-American vote. If you disaggregate the group, you’ll be surprised (most likely) that there are stark differences in various ethnic groups. As stated in the NPR article “More Asian-Americans Seeking Higher Political Office“,
Among those Asian-American who are planning to vote, most favor President Obama. But, there are sharp variations within this incredibly diverse group.
Almost 70 percent of Indian-Americans support Obama. Only about 30 percent of Filipinos do, however, and a third of Asian-Americans overall are undecided.
I know that race/ethnicity shouldn’t be so dominant when choosing the right candidate. As someone who opposes affirmative action (in the most general sense), I still believe that race/ethnicity is important to voters, especially for me. There is something great when you can vote for a person who knows what it was like and will legislate/govern with that in mind, when your candidate knows what it was like to experience racism (both subtle and overt), and how your own culture will guide how you legislate/govern in office. I rarely talk about the role of being Filipino in terms of politics, but it does play a role. I urge all candidates to actually get to know their constituents, instead of just pandering to them.