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Past Policy 2020 Event

A nation at a demographic crossroad: Rising diversity, youthful activism, and the 2020 election

Past Event

"Diversity Explosion" cover.

Amid a global pandemic that is robbing the nation’s younger generations of career-defining education and employment opportunities, the millennial and Gen Z generations are also making their voices heard in leading protests throughout the country, demonstrating their commitment to fundamental civil rights for Black Americans. As the 2020 election concurrently approaches, the deep-seated political and cultural divide between a rising, racially diverse America and the whiter, older generation that was most responsible for Trump’s election, looms large.

On Thursday, July 23, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program convened a conversation examining this historic convergence of events. Demographer William H. Frey kicked off the discussion with a presentation drawing on his highly regarded book, “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America,” examining the realities of America’s changing racial demography and what that means for the nation’s future. A panel followed, discussing the nation’s new demographic make-up and highlighting the activism of the country’s diverse younger generations and what it means for the 2020 election and beyond.

Viewers can submit questions for panelists by emailing or tweeting to @BrookingsMetro using the hashtag #DiversityExplosion.


Welcome and presentation

Panel discussion

Brianna Carmen

Director of Organizing and Partnerships - Voto Latino

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