NUMBERS SPEAK — AND SO DO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Nationwide and here in Minnesota, we saw people of color come out to vote on Election Day and make important choices on how policies and representation will impact our state. Preliminary data suggests that over 322,000 people of color voted in the 2012 election, which amounts to about 11 percent of voters overall. The power of our voices is becoming increasingly clear, and will continue to impact policymaking on the local, state, and national levels.
This Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity looks back at the 2012 legislative session, but in doing so also looks forward. Many positive proposals for building racial equity did not progress in the last session, but the leadership in putting forward solutions is notable. Communities of color and all Minnesotans are paying attention to that leadership.