US Representatives racial imbalances impact representation


Rita Li

People in the community need help from representatives t guide different processes and help them show the importance of the issue.

Race and equality is a crucial step for human society to advance forward. About 23% of today’s U.S. House of Representatives are identified as a person of color or minority group. The Pew Research Center compared ethnic diversity data of congress from 20 years ago, “[t]his represents a 97% increase over the 107th Congress of 2001-03”. It has also been observed that an increased percentage of colored representation also helps contribute to house balance. “Among today’s senators and representatives, the overwhelming majority of racial and ethnic minority members are Democrats (83%), while 17% are Republicans. This represents a shift from the last Congress when just 10% of non-White lawmakers were Republicans.” Despite the increasing number of colored representatives, the equilibrium is still uneven.

Brandon Lardy mentioned in We the Partnership, “white people make up 76% of the Office of Management and Budget, a federal agency that has significant impact on policy and the nation’s financial resources, while people of color are the majority at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an important organization but one with significantly less influence.”

When discussing the 2022 governor elections, the New York Times brought up the idea of critical race theory in the very beginning, especially the time period revolving around COVID-19 and the George Floyd incident. Groups of color have slowly risen, gained a voice, and taken power throughout history, which mainly sparked through the pandemic. Equality and race will become a big factor in current and future individual governor’s performance. If not directly related to the governor’s race, how candidates handle each case will be crucial in power.

As society progresses, perspectives change as new ideas are being brought to people’s attention. Although race and equality have always been there since the creation of America, it has never been as important of a debate until recent times. People need representatives, and race diversities for governors is crucial in the 21st century.