BYP MEMO: Race, Youth, and the Gender Gap
Today, the Black Youth Project releases a brand new memo; “Race, Youth, and the Gender Gap.”
The new analysis shows that there is a considerable gender gap in political behavior amongst Black youth. Young Black women turn out to vote at higher rates than young Black men, and hold more liberal views on political matters.
Heading into the 2012 election, The Obama campaign and other mobilization groups must re-engage young Black women to sustain their high level of political participation. For young Black men, increased mobilization efforts must be combined with an effective messaging strategy that can help convince them that President Obama is committed to working for their interests over the next four years.
Increasing the turnout of young Black men would not only reduce the gender gap, but it could be an effective way to help secure the re-election of President Obama.
“Race, Youth, and the Gender Gap” is the sixth in a series entitled Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics released by the Black Youth Project.