I’ve highlighted in the past how the election of Obama had an impact on education achievement amongst black kids in America, and sent many in the fashion industry on a scramble to find more black models. Apparently, the symbolic effect of his election applies here too.
The Hansard Societyâ€™s sixth Audit of Political Engagement, published today, indicates that an â€˜Obama effectâ€™ may be developing among British black and ethnic minorities (BMEs):
- 41% of BMEs agree that â€˜when people like me get involved in politics, they really can change the way that the country is runâ€™ compared to 31% of whites â€“ a 10% increase since last yearâ€™s Audit
- 42% of BMEs are â€˜veryâ€™ or â€˜fairlyâ€™ interested in politics â€“a 15% increase since last yearâ€™s Audit
- 43% think the present system of governing works well compared to 32% of whites â€“ the first time in six annual Audits that BME respondents are more optimistic than whites
- 82% think voting is an effective way of having an impact on how Britain is run compared to 71% of whites
- 92% think voting is an important part of being a good citizen compared to 86% of whites
- 28% feel they have influence over local decision-making compared to 25% of whites â€“ at national level the figures are 18% versus 14%
Interesting, that suddenly black and brown ppl here feel more empowered by the symbolic election of Obama too. Who says symbols don’t matter? I’d like to see how these numbers broke down from people of Indian origin (more likely to be middle-class and high earners) and those of Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin.
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