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The Changing Face of America’s Electorate

article icon Issue Brief Changing electoral demographics will have noticeable effects on the 2016 elections. In 2016, to win the presidency—as well as many U.S. Senate races—both parties will need to secure substantial support from voters of color.

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The Evolution of Race and Ethnicity Classifications in the Decennial Census

As concepts of race and ethnicity evolve, the methods and language used by the decennial census to capture data are key to ensuring that policymakers recognize and understand all communities, particularly growing communities of color.

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Infographic: Government Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data

The decennial census has undergone significant changes as the U.S. population has evolved. Rapidly changing demographics continue to present challenges to the U.S. government in its effort to collect demographic data.

When it Comes to Teaching History, There Are Lessons for All to Learn

Conservative efforts to whitewash the history taught in our schools not only harms students but also dishonors and degrades the great American story.

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5 Key Facts About the Affordable Care Act for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

A look at five facts that highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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5 Key Facts About the Affordable Care Act for Latinos

A look at five facts that highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the Latino community.

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5 Key Facts About the Affordable Care Act for African Americans

A look at five facts that highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the African American community.

When White Folks Catch a Cold, Black Folks Get Pneumonia

Racial disparities in the economic circumstances of black and white middle-class families point toward institutional racism.

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5 Facts to Know About President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

Using his legal authority, President Obama brings temporary relief to millions of immigrants through executive action. The president’s move is a first step but not a permanent solution.

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The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps

book_alt2 icon Report Closing the educational achievement gaps of children of color would strengthen our economy and our nation.


A Win-Win for an All-In Nation

book_alt2 icon Report Improving economic and health outcomes for communities of color has the potential to help combat Social Security’s projected shortfall and improve the economic security of a struggling middle class.

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Diversity Is Coming to a Town Near You

A new Center for American Progress report considers America’s race and ethnic shift and the far-reaching policy implications of this demographic change.

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Will the New Tech Economy Solve the Old Economy’s Racial Problems?

The new tech economy has not conquered racial bias. The racial and ethnic unemployment disparities in computer science are nearly the same as those in other fields.

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Key Facts to Know About Communities of Color in Arkansas Before the 2014 Midterm Elections

This fact sheet highlights the economic and electoral impact of communities of color as they become a growing share of the population in Arkansas.