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HuffPost: Millennials Are Diverse, But Still Divided on Race

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A demonstrator holds a sign during the Young Women's March at Federal Plaza on January 19, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)

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Millennials are generally more liberal than not, but it is not because of their age as much as their race, experts say, according to HuffPost.

"When you look at the millennial generation as a whole, they seem more liberal," Candis Watts Smith, who co-wrote the book "Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics," told HuffPost. "When you disaggregate by race, however, you see big differences."

The report points to President Donald Trump winning the young white vote (18-29 years old) by 5 percentage points in 2016 after former President Barack Obama was the only Democrat to win the young white vote in the past 15 years.

But, even then, 58% of white millennials disapproved of Obama's job performance at the end of his term, according to the report.

"Racial resentment is remarkably consistent among the white population over time," Tufts University professor Deborah Schildkraut told HuffPost. "Despite the changing demographics of the country and the election of Donald Trump, the number of young people who consider themselves Republicans isn't in a death spiral.

"People who think the future is bright for Democrats shouldn't get too comfortable with that thought."

The generation born between 1981 and 1996 is move diverse and educated but race dictates political lean even more than their age, per the report. While people of color represent 40 percent of the electorate now, per the report, that is still a minority.

"Even as we see more diversity on TV and in workplaces and schools, America is still a wildly segregated society," Harvard professor Ryan Enos said. "White people are growing up in environments that are overwhelmingly white.

"Quality contact between whites and other races isn't happening very often. Whites often withdraw when their neighborhood or school starts to become more diverse. Most of the examples of contact with other races resulting in more progressive attitudes come from situations where people don't have the option of leaving."

Democrats seeking to reach the majority of the country need to shift focus from race to class, because it is merely uniting the politics of white majority to keep their influence, according to Watts Smith.

"If Democratic politicians want to keep those voters, they'll have an incentive to shift the conversation from race to class," she told HuffPost. "Republicans will have the incentive to put race front and center and Democrats will have the incentive to make it invisible.

". . . We say demography is destiny, but we don't know where it's taking us. We assume that as the country becomes browner we'll all shift to the left. But what if some people shift all the way to the right?"

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Millennials are generally more liberal than not, but it is not because of their age as much as their race, experts say, according to HuffPost."When you look at the millennial generation as a whole, they seem more liberal," Candis Watts Smith, who co-wrote the book "Racial...
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