Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority

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A searing indictment of the Democratic Party and a compelling call to action for the entire progressive movement, Brown Is the New White takes an unvarnished look at the history of whites and people of color in America and reveals how the past has created current conditions that have revolutionary implications for U.S. politics in 2016 and beyond.



Steve Phillips is a national political leader, civil rights lawyer, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and author of the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. Phillips is the founder of Democracy in Color, a multimedia platform on race, politics, and the New American Majority. In 1992 he became the youngest person ever elected to public office in San Francisco and went on to serve as president of the Board of Education. He is co-founder of PowerPAC+, a social justice organization dedicated to building a multiracial political coalition. PowerPAC+ conducted the largest independent voter mobilization efforts backing Barack Obama, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. In 2014, he co-authored the first-ever audit of Democratic Party spending and was named one of “America’s Top 50 Influencers” by Campaigns and Elections magazine. He has appeared on multiple national radio and television networks including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and TV One. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of the Law.

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"A must-read for anyone seeking to make change happen, from small towns, to the halls of Congress, to the White House."
John Podesta, former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and former counselor to President Barack Obama
"Steve Phillips is not only an author writing about the potential of a “New American Majority.” He is one of its gifted architects, an innovator with deep roots in electoral politics and a passion for connecting people of every race and background in common purpose. His energetic book, Brown Is the New White, is both a fascinating exploration of today’s rapidly changing demographic landscape and an opportunity to see the future through the eyes of one of America’s most engaging public servants and progressive political minds."
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
“This slim yet jam-packed call to action will be in demand, both because Phillips is a popular pundit and because the time is ripe for an upheaval in politics-as-usual."
~ Booklist
"A wake-up call showing that conservatives are actively courting Latino voters knowing they must expand their tent. Progressives had better heed this call and invest in a broader, more ambitious strategy to solidify the support of the Obama coalition."
Maria Echaveste, former White House deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton; policy and program development director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group