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Minorities and women make their voices heard this election

Posted by: | November 13, 2012 | No Comment |

During the Dark Ages, many groups of people were excluded from education, power, acquiring property and wealth, and basic rights. Only wealthy, European men were afforded these privileges.

Even to this day, it seems like a constant struggle for minorities such as Blacks, Hispanics, women, the disabled, the poor, and countless other groups to get their voices heard. But this year’s presidential election changed it all.

Not only did women support President Obama over Mitt Romney 55 to 41 percent, but a record 20 women will hold seats in the U.S. Senate at the start of 2013.

Obama’s victories in key swing states such as Ohio and Virginia were attributed to Blacks, while Hispanics in Colorado and Nevada helped him win those states. Only 38% of White men in Virginia voted for Obama, but he still carried the state.

Even though women won the right to vote in 1919, and Blacks were allowed in 1869, the playing field has been uneven for centuries. But the tide has finally shifted. We still have a long road ahead, but great progress has been made.

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