Stacey Abrams: ‘Demography is Opportunity’ to Flip States Blue
In a Friday interview with Rolling Stone, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made it very clear that the political left understands how to use America’s changing demographics to its advantage.
“Demography is opportunity,” she said. “My approach has always been to see this demographic change not as an inflection point where suddenly all of our politics are different, but as a pathway for pushing the kind of politics I think we need to have to serve this population and serve the larger American experiment.”
She denied that demographics are “destiny,” which is the traditional canard, but went on to make the case that in the Sun Belt, demographic changes will indeed destine some states to change from blue to red.
Georgia’s demography is an example of what’s happening maybe more slowly everywhere else in the Sun Belt. Today we’re 53 percent white, 32 percent African American, 9.5 percent Latino, 4.5 percent Asian Pacific Islander. By 2026, 2027, the estimation is that it’ll be 49 percent white, 33 percent African American, about 11.5 percent Latino and roughly 7 percent Asian Pacific Islander. By the end of the next decade, there will be a seismic shift not only in the size of the population, but also in its composition. And that’s coming because of migration from the Midwest and other places into the Sunbelt.
Abrams, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, has always refused to accept her loss in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial race, and has refused to call Gov. Brian Kemp the legitimate governor of the state. She infamously called for the entire state to re-vote.
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