Democracy in Color is a multimedia platform on race, politics and the New American Majority.
Our mission is to elevate the voices of the New American Majority — multiracial, multicultural, and progressive — to create a just and equitable society by transforming our country's political consciousness and culture through meaningful public conversations, insights, and analysis.
Why We Created Democracy in Color
We created Democracy in Color in 2016 in response to rapidly growing discussions around race and politics across our nation and world. Race continues to be an oft-ignored but central component of understanding our politics and our path to progressive victories. We soon realized that while there were plenty of discussions in the news and on social media about race and politics, no single outlet dedicated itself to the intersection and importance of not just race and electoral politics, but the rising numbers and increasing power of the New American Majority—people of color and progressive whites—a term coined by Democracy in Color Founder Steve Phillips, in his New York Times bestselling book, Brown Is the New White.
What We Offer
Through Democracy in Color, you will find:
Articles: compelling, well-researched pieces by leading New American Majority political thought leaders
Podcast: The Democracy in Color podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, features today’s best and brightest political political leaders, strategists and thinkers of the New American Majority. We’ve featured Senator Cory Booker; Mayor of Stockton, CA, Michael Tubbs, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and writer Rebecca Solnit, among many others.
Newsletter: weekly wrap up of top stories on race and politics through our “Democracy in Color Report” edited by Sharline Chiang.
Campaigns: campaigns that focus the public’s effort on ways to make the Democratic Party and the progressive movement, reflective of the hopes and aspirations of people of color, and to elevate leadership and practices that expand and deepen the voice and vote of people of color.
Campaigns: Calling for Accountability and More
Our Democracy in Color team takes our mission seriously. In addition to creating our own media, we have also initiated campaigns to push our nation’s progressive and Democratic leaders for increased accountability, especially when it comes to prioritizing voters of color. In the past year alone our powerful campaigns have included:
- The 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Report Cards: Our report cards issued in June 2016 evaluated Democratic U.S. Senate campaigns, as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and their independent expenditure effort on their outreach to and engagement with communities of color. The report cards led to greater public awareness of the lack of Senate staff diversity and high level committee and staff hires of color.
Democracy in Color Campaign: This signatures campaign was conducted in November 2016 with our partners Democracy for America, Inclusv, and mitú, shortly after the catastrophic election results were confirmed. The campaign’s goal: to focus the Democratic Party on winning elections by securing the support and enthusiasm of the country’s rapidly growing communities of color as well as the meaningful and consistent cohort of white Americans who reliably vote for Democratic candidates every cycle.
In short, no one is doing what we are doing. And we’re doing this because we believe in us —we, the members of the New American Majority—and the change we can create together. Please join us on this journey.