Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:01 AM
louis c (4,715 posts)
Why Minorities Will Not Vote for Republicans
The Republican party and those who support them just don't get it and will continue to lose minority voters in general elections for at least another generation.
Let me give you a personal example. I'm a white, ethnic male voter. 60 years old, third generation Italian. I am married to a Filipina, 57 years old.
When we would go to family gatherings, my Republican family members would never hide their disdain for Obama and use very derogatory names to describe him. In addition, someone would invariably say something like "the whites will soon be the minority. THEY will make up the majority." They never thought that they offended my Asian wife. She never said a word, but told me she would no longer attend family functions, and she hasn't for the past 4 years. They don't even know that she's offended and I keep making excuses like she's working or attending a function with her own family. We have no children, so it's not really that uncomfortable.
Today, I read a Bloomberg piece that put my personal situation in the proper light. Asian Americans, by percentage of the population, have more $100,000 earners than any other demographic. So, they certainly don't fit into the Republican definition of "takers vs. makers" in the stereotypical Republican bigotry. They have no intention of including Asians in their bigoted statement. Yet they voted for Obama by a 73% to 26% margin. That's a significant number, even greater than Hispanics. You see, I have learned from my personal experience with my wife that if you're a minority, you take offense at demeaning any minority. You know that they will say the same thing about you when you're not there. As a Western European decent, I take offense anyway. I know we should all take offense, and I do, but the point I'm making here is that Republicans shouldn't think for a minute that undocumented aliens are isolated from the vast amount of all immigrants. I know that a great deal of second and third generation Americans think of themselves as the "us" in "us vs. them", but we really shouldn't.
The Republicans and their supporters need a lot of social education before they "get it" and I believe they have lost an entire generation of voters.
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Response to louis c (Original post)
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:09 AM
JustAnotherGen (14,921 posts)
1. Thank you sir!
You see, I have learned from my personal experience with my wife that if you're a minority, you take offense at demeaning any minority. You know that they will say the same thing about you when you're not there.
You truly get where we are at.
I also think - you know - I'm 39. Since I was 3 years old only ONE party has told lies about me, more lies, and more god damned lies. If they lie about me? Then they will lie to me. And lord knows what they say when I'm not around.
Response to louis c (Original post)
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:23 AM
hfojvt (35,597 posts)
2. plenty of Asians might be considered takers
Looking at the 2002 census of wealth, a higher percentage of Asians has more than $500,000 in wealth than any other group - even non-hispanic whites. But that number is only 11.2% Almost 89% have less than $500,000 in wealth.
And there are many Asian-Americans on the bottom end. 47.3% had less than $50,000 in wealth.
The other part is perhaps generational. Asian-Americans who are currently above the median income perhaps grew up and lived much of their formative years below the median income. Gives them a different perspective than somebody who grew up rich.