A lack of candidates from black and Hispanic groups results in few role models to encourage participation. Many believe that the main political parties in the US do not engage with the issues affecting them. Many people from black and Hispanic groups live in poverty with low levels of employment and education, making them less likely to vote. Language may also prove a barrier.

This clip is from:
Bitesize: Modern Studies
First broadcast:
26 October 2007

The clip could be used as a starter in a lesson about voting. As students watch the clip they could write down all the reasons why people might choose not to vote. Alternatively, it could be used as a stimulus for students to discuss the importance of role models in politics, and the composition of the UK government.