As political pundits, political action committees, and politicians gear up for what is bound to be another bare knuckle brawl in 2012, young activists around the country are setting agendas to intending to move their issues from the margins to the center of American life. As scholar/activist, Dr. Cathy Cohen, points out in her book Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Democracy) and in the national survey 2008 and Beyond, many young Black Americans don’t believe that equality exists due to their lived experiences.
Yes, we have more Black faces in high places (corporate America, politics, academia etc.) than ever before, but only 13% of Black youth believe that Blacks in the U.S. have achieved racial equality. Black President or not, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Andrew Breitbart’s high-profile character assassination of Black folks is a glowing example of the uphill battle that people of color face in this country. If that isn’t enough: how about the fact that black youth still suffer from lower rates of high school graduation and higher rates of incarceration, AIDS and unemployment compared to white youth?