In my own representative national survey, I found that only 42 percent of black youth 18-25 felt like “a full and equal citizen in this country with all the rights and protections that other people have,” compared to a majority (66%) of young whites. Sadly, young Latinos felt similarly disconnected with only 43 percent believing themselves to be full and equal citizens.
In the video below, Cohen further discusses the involvement of black youth in American politics.
Posted with permission. (c) 2010 University of Chicago
Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics and co-editor of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader. Her most recent book is Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics.