BYP MEMO: “President Obama and the Politics of Change”
Today, the Black Youth Project releases a brand new memo; “President Obama and the Politics of Change.”
The new analysis shows that Black youth believe that significant changes have occurred during the Obama administration, but continue to believe that big change is needed in America. During this time they have also become increasingly skeptical about whether electoral politics can effectively bring about the needed changes.
Black youth were responsive to the rhetoric of change in the 2008 election, but since then seem to have become more skeptical of whether politicians and political institutions can effectively deliver the change they believe is necessary.
It will be the task of campaign and community organizations to find ways to both mobilize young people to vote while also engaging them in helping to effect change from the ground up.
“President Obama and the Politics of Change” is the fourth in a series entitled Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics released by the Black Youth Project.