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 could be used to develop students' note-taking skills. Asks students to watch the clip and list the reasons for under-representation of Blacks and Hispanics in US Politics. Following this note-taking exercise, ask students to work in groups, and by collating all students notes, create a group spider-diagram entitled 'reasons for lack of Black and Hispanic involvement in US politics.'
Students may want to debate whether or not Barack Obama represents part of increased representation of ethnic minorities in US politics.