As SVP continues to deepen our understanding of the racial inequities in our communities we are working to provide opportunities for partners to engage in conversation, open dialogue and learning. Through the SVP Racial Equity Book Club we hope to foster dialogue, build relationships, and push ourselves out of our comfort zone to talk about these important issues.
SVP Racial Equity Book Club is a potluck so please bring a dish to share with your fellow partners, as well as your curiosity, open mind, insights, bravery and respect. Drinks and a comfortable setting for conversation will be provided.
While many inequities exist in our community, race is SVP’s starting (but not ending) focus area. We must be intentional and strategic about finding and getting in the way of patterns, behaviors and pathways in our society and institutions that foster and perpetuate racial inequities.
Book Choice: Brown is the New White by Steve Phillips
Despite the abundant evidence from Obama's victories proving that the U.S. population has fundamentally changed, many progressives and Democrats continue to waste millions of dollars chasing white swing voters. Explosive population growth of people of color in America over the past fifty years has laid the foundation for a New American Majority consisting of progressive people of color (23 percent of all eligible voters) and progressive whites (28 percent of all eligible voters). These two groups make up 51 percent of all eligible voters in America right now, and that majority is growing larger every day. Failing to properly appreciate this reality, progressives are at risk of missing this moment in history--and losing.
A leader in national politics for thirty years, Steve Phillips has had a front-row seat to these extraordinary political changes. A civil rights lawyer and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Phillips draws on his extensive political experience to unveil exactly how people of color and progressive whites add up to a new majority, and what this means for U.S. politics and policy. A book brimming with urgency and hope, Brown Is the New White exposes how far behind the curve Democrats are in investing in communities of color--while illuminating a path forward to seize the opportunity created by the demographic revolution.
Please Note: The book club is only open to SVP Partners. Even if you haven’t had the chance to read the book we welcome everyone’s participation in this discussion.