Most US Politicians Are White and Male, and Numbers Are Still ‘Lopsided’

Jacob Axelrad, Christian Science Monitor, October 8, 2014

Americans may may consider the United States a melting pot, but the nation’s changing demographics are not yet reflected in elected offices, according to a new report released Wednesday from the Women Donors Network.

An examination of 42,000 elected officials, from the county to the congressional level, revealed that whites and men make up a disproportionate share at each level of government. While white men are 31 percent of the US population, they make up 65 percent of elected offices.

“These numbers are far starker than any of us expected,” says Brenda Choresi Carter, director of the Women Donor Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign, who adds this is the most comprehensive study of its kind. “They are actually worse than I expected.”

The study found that women fill 29 percent of elected offices, despite being 51 percent of population. Some 10 percent of elected officials identify as people of color, though minorities make up more than one-third of the population.

That means that women have one third the political representation enjoyed by men. Minorities are equally underrepresented. By that measure, white men have eight times as much political power as women of color, the study found.

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But the strongest catalyst for institutional change may be time, says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

“Change is coming,” he says. “And in the next 10 to 15 years there will be a huge number of minorities of voting age who will likely vote to put change in place.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    America is not a ‘melting pot.’

    America long ago became a ‘melted down pot.’

    • propagandaoftruth

      Worked better as a salad bowl.

    • Oil Can Harry

      America WAS a melting pot.

      Thanks to Third World immigration it’s now a chamber pot.

    • IstvanIN

      Chamber pot.

      • Ron Cheaters

        Pressure Cooker

      • baldridge999

        America has become the world’s septic tank.

  • phorning

    There is no discussion of competence, qualification, or even interest in running for and holding public office, these people are not sane.

  • But I wish they’d start acting and governing more like white men.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Yeah, this article should’ve been called “Most US Politicians Are White and Male But Govern As If They Were Black Lesbians”.

      • EpiphanyStrachan

        You make me laugh:)

    • connorhus

      I was just gonna say wish those White actually represented us. I like your way of saying it better though.

    • WR_the_realist

      With whites like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Jeb Bush, who needs black or Hispanic politicians?

      • DAWNOFNEWDAY

        I hate those traitor sell out whites far more than the blacks or mestizos, etc.

  • I heard this junk for at least 10 years from my university’s administrators. The idea is that everything in society must reflect racial, ethnic, and gender demographics, ignoring interests, competence, qualifications, and such. Well, everything except the NBA and NFL.

    The president of my university used to claim that these “lopsided” outcomes were proof of racism. In his thurd world mind there are teaming masses of noble Mexicans, women, and other races held down and oppressed by the white male patriarchy.

    He also believes that ancient astronauts with yellow and orange hair landed in Mexico thousands of years ago and promised the Mexicans they would rule the world. Duh!

  • journey

    Most of the innovators and inventors on this planet are white males. So somewhat this law of nature needs to be changed by AA, welfare, social programs, etc. Got it.

    The fools have taken the progress and advancements of western civilization for granted beyond belief.

  • John R

    There is too much to comment on here. First, real quick-The author says the figure of 65% is much “worse” than they thought? What does that mean? A few more thoughts:
    Why not explore WHY these figures are that way? Maybe women don’t like running for office. Maybe neither do Asians, Indians, or other recent immigrants. Maybe most blacks are quite frankly, not suited to hold office. Many of them are in jail, or are dropouts, and not well educated anyway. Many of the Hispanics are not even yet eligible to vote, or don’t know how to speak English. There are many reasons why White men are “over represented” as office holders.

    Why just explore this area of White male representation? How about why blacks are “over represented” in many of our highest paid sports in the country? Or the “over representation” of blacks in TV ads or among news casters?

    How about exploring the “over representation” of Whites among the tax payers that keep the government going? Or the disproportionate amount of welfare and other government assistance that goes to “people of color”? How about school taxes, “revenue sharing” and school busing? Who pays, and who benefits?

    Finally, I’ll sum up by saying, those 65% White male elected officials, whose interests do they mostly serve? Isn’t that far more important than their color or gender? This article is just so much B.S. on so many levels, even for liberals.

    • 1stworlder

      Maybe criminals are not allowed to be politicians.

      • RealisticGuy

        Ha! Good one.

    • Xerxes22

      I wonder if Mr. Axelrad will be writing an article about how Jews are way over represented among our politicians. Somehow, I doubt he thinks that this is a problem.

      • EpiphanyStrachan

        Thank you Xerxes. The numbers would be quite different if you separated these “white” men into conservative men, liberal men, and j**s/ men married to j**s. I bet it would be closer to 12-25% of politicians actually looking out for the interests of America as it was intended. (I hate to use the phrase liberal men- I feel it’s an oxymoron.)

  • IstvanIN

    All the White, male, politicians haven’t done us a bit of good.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Many of them have actually done more harm to western civilization than good.

      • DAWNOFNEWDAY

        They are too blinded by fear or enticed with greed for selling us out.

  • italian guy

    Change is coming, change is inevitable, too many Whites in politics… please remind me again how is this not an attack to White people? these people are promoting dispossession to say the least, isn’t this treason?

    What the hell is going on in the West? 🙁

    • baldridge999

      Plan for White Genocide that “Anti-Racists” Implement:

      1) FLOOD every white country and only white countries with MILLIONS of non-whites.

      2) FORCE INTEGRATE these immigrants into white communities, schools and jobs. This is done with the aid of federal programs, threats of arrest or financially ruinous law suits.

      3) PROMOTE interracial relationships night and day in the movies, media and newspaper advertisements – ONLY in White countries. Ceaselessly glamorize and promote interracial celebrity couples.

      4) DENOUNCE every white person who objects to any anti-white policy as “racist”, “white supremacist”, “Nazi”, “bigot”, “hater,” living in a trailer park (or parent’s basement), engaging in incest, blah, blah, blah.

      5) ACCUSE all whites – from new-born infants to elderly folks in nursing homes – of participating in an alleged “White Privilege” conspiracy to suppress non-whites. According to this ridiculous conspiracy theory, all white people are involved and there’s nothing any white person can do to avoid being part of this conspiracy – anti-white whites say even they unconsciously engage in “White Privilege”, therefore the only way to get rid of “White Privilege” is to get rid of white people! This despicable anti-white genocidal ideology is taught to young whites in many schools and universities. Its shockingly similar to the Jewish conspiracies promoted by the Nazis in the 1930s.

      6) DEMORALIZE whites by constantly talking about their “inevitable brown future”. Declare or imply that whites are helpless, lazy and incompetent and therefore aren’t able to even survive without an ever-increasing flood of non-white immigrants.

      7) DEHUMANIZE whites by declaring that white people are merely an artificial “social construct” and therefore don’t actually exist. Or engage in endless arguments over the definition of “white.” Notice, however, that whites suddenly exist and are easily identified by anti-whites when it comes to blaming white people for some alleged offense.

  • LHathaway

    And yet 100% of garbage collectors, 95% of prison inmates and only 4% of stay at home parents are men, and 80% of suicides are White men. Where is the discussion on ending these inequalities? At what exact point will these demands for equality and these affirmative action directives, at what point will they address this, when all men are dead (after filling up a certain amount of sperm banks)?

  • Easyrhino

    Gee I wonder if Brenda Choresi would care to share what percentage of federal income taxes are paid by White men.

  • B.A_2014

    Recently in my devolved parliament (stormont), a nationalist female MLA stood up and said there was too many white people and too many men in the parliament ( In a country that is approximately 97% white European. But if a certain district was mostly non white, there would be no call for diversity. In fact, they would demand that those in positions of power reflect their constituents skin color (or genitalia.)

    • LHathaway

      lol, it’s a growing cancer. You’re exactly right. Non-white areas expand and expand, somehow they are never in need of diversity. Diversity, even at a 100% non-white institutions or neighborhood, never means whites. They still promote ‘diversity’ perhaps even more so than white liberals but for them promoting diversity means an even greater emotional and legal attachment, pride and preference, for their non-white skin.

      • DonReynolds

        If you want proof that diversity is a one-way street, all you have to do is apply for a job in a predominantly black or hispanos area and then wait until hades freezes over before you are ever called for an interview. I have done it many times.

  • JohnEngelman

    I am so ashamed.

    *sarcasm off*

  • dd121

    So? What’s your point Axelrod?

  • RyanP

    Funny how people of colour keep voting with their feet to come to the lands that are so “oppressively” ruled by white males.

    It is also worth noting how well Asians do despite almost zero political representation.

  • shawnmer

    Wow. If I power is so “disproportionate,” sure would be nice if this white male pols VOTED that way!

  • DonReynolds

    Silly goose. 71 percent of the people in this country are white (or Asian). 29 percent are either black or hispanos. So it comes as no surprise that 65 percent of the elected officials are also white. The real wonder is that what they call “lopsided” is not more so. After all, elections are decided by the plurality (or majority) of the vote and over two-thirds of the voters are white.
    A better question would be……Why aren’t ALL elected officials white? But we know the answer. Black and hispanos voters are concentrated in a few areas mostly and outside those areas, they are an insignificant proportion of the voters. We also know that race is not the primary deciding factor in how white people vote. Not yet anyway.

    • HE2

      A better question would be……Why aren’t ALL elected officials white?

      Exactly the question that went through my mind.
      If I called the shots, all elected officials would be non-Ivy League White males, sons of two natural born USA parents.

      The candidate will have been employed in fields other than wuss academia, served tip of the sword time in our military, passed a comprehensive battery of psychological inventory tests, with an IQ of 130 or above.

      Oh, one more thing. Voters must be citizens with status verified by photo and fingerprint I.D. and required to pass mental and intelligence competency screening exams.

      I have many other ideas.

      • dmxinc

        Don’t put too much trust in that high IQ score to get better leadership in politics. I’ll take an honest person any day.

        • HE2

          Don’t put too much trust in that high IQ…

          Yes, thought of that as I typed it out.
          JFK probably had a high IQ, but his morals were those of an alley cat.
          Ethics trump IQ.

  • WR_the_realist

    Anytime white people are in a position of success, power, or authority, this is seen by our overlords as a problem that must be solved.

  • IKUredux

    Hey Frey! Yo! make my day, we know one thing, ya gonna pay. Ya think your way is gonna say?No, huh, uh, the right don’t lie your way, you think you friends with the gay? Oh no, say Nay! There is no way! Well, I don’t know, but Frey, did you lie for a pay day? And this my fellow Whites, is why attempts at approximating rap, is fruitless. However, may I point out to my fellow Whites that hip hop, rap is poetry. You know, invented by WHITE PEOPLE. So, please, whatever you do, do not listen to any crap about how Whites appropriated black culture. They never had much to begin with. They just rifted off ours. You know, like how the Chinese have rifted off our technology.

  • JackKrak

    “And in the next 10 to 15 years there will be a huge number of
    minorities of voting age who will likely vote to put change in place.”

    No, amigo, they’re doing it now – they’re voting to change us into the barrio/peasant farm they left to come here.

  • Lagerstrom

    OK, so what was the problem again?

  • 4321realist

    “65 percent of elected officials are white men.”

    What’s wrong with that?

    It should be waaaay more than that. I’m surprised it’s that low. This means we’re getting closer to civil war.

    White politicians are shifty and unreliable, but blacks and Hispanics are corrupt to their very core. And they’re dim-witted besides.

  • Visceral

    Typical leftist drivel…

    Conservatives believe in equal opportunity.

    Liberals believe in forcing equal outcome.

    Inside every liberal is a totalitarian yearning to control others via government in pursuit of their unrealistic utopian dreams.

  • R L Buds

    “The study found that women fill 29 percent of elected offices, despite being 51 percent of population.”

    They are trying to take our women away from us and lump them all together, WTF

  • We will only be fully equal when all the politicians are women and minorities. Then we can all live in huts and try to figure out the wheel.

  • Bunky

    Oh, …. It’s going to be soooooo much better then.
    Just look at Detoilet, or Newark or LA.

  • Augustus3709

    Funny this picture is pretty “lopsided”.