America is no longer under the thumb of the angry white male. It’s browner, open to all sexual orientations, and willing to fight for institutional change. But, will African Americans be left behind?

Once the 2012 election was over, everyone—from the pundits to the voters—finally understood the magnitude of the shift taking place in America. Everyone understood that demographics shaped the outcome of the election and will also shape our future. President Barack Obama’s ability to pull together a diverse and dynamic coalition of women, blacks, Latinos and young people was not only an example of masterful political strategy, it was a testament to the America we live in now. This was the first time in American political history that a presidential candidate had to rally the votes of “minorities” and historically disadvantaged groups to win an election. That is the New America.

Read the rest of this piece by Rev. Al Sharpton (as told to Charles D. Ellison) on Uptown.


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