We’re used to conversations about race in Black and White, but a new America is emerging – one that is more multiethnic, more immigrant, more colorful than ever before. In the next 50 years, immigrants and their descendants, largely Latinos and Asians, will make up 88 percent of U.S. population growth. Immigration, yet again, is at the root of our country’s transformation.
But the public space where we tell our stories – the media – isn’t keeping up. The coverage we see about race, immigration, and identity only begins to answer the question of who we are as a nation.
As our country’s demographics shift, we also need to change the way we talk about ourselves. There are too many readers, too many voters – too many people – whose stories are not being told. And, too often, when the stories are told, they lack the necessary nuance and context.
We cannot talk about America being a country of immigrants without acknowledging the struggle of Black Americans and Native Americans. We cannot emphasize our commonality without first confronting what makes our experiences different.
The survival of this emerging America requires that we see each other fully, and more humanely.
We are creating a new media for this new America.
In our trailer, which you can watch below, you’ll see a small sample of the kinds of stories we want to share. Watch it below – and help us tell these stories.
We’ve already started working – we have original videos, essays, articles, and infographics. But we need your help to make the platform a reality and to keep finding and telling these stories.
Since our founder Jose Antonio Vargas came out as an undocumented immigrant nearly five years ago, he has traveled to 46 states and spoken at hundreds of events. He’s seen that, despite polarizing coverage in the media, Americans are far more alike than we are different.
That insight is critical in an election year in which immigration has become a defining issue. The decisions we make in 2016 will set the course for how we treat immigrants in America for years to come. And yet, we can’t talk about immigration without talking about Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, the LGBTQ community, religious liberty, income inequality among all races, et cetera.
When #EmergingUS launches, we’ll share stories from:
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, who appear together on camera to describe the origins of this modern-day civil rights movement
Americans who explain their complex relationships to the race categories on the U.S. Census – who has a box and who doesn’t? Are the boxes we check accurate?
Immigrants who respond to Donald Trump’s policy of re-admitting the “good immigrants” to America after his proposed mass deportation. Who gets to be a “good immigrant,” and who gets to decide?
We believe that people like you, not advertisers or media executives, should determine the stories we cover and how we cover them.
Our editorial independence is especially important to us. We need to be able to tell these stories no matter how controversial they are or how uncomfortable they make us. That independence is expensive. That’s why we need you to help fund #EmergingUS.
We’ll use your funding to hire multimedia reporters, more producers, and editors, and get us to a place where we can launch this site with a steady stream of original content to reshape the media landscape.
When you back this project, you are not just giving a few dollars. You are counting yourself among Americans who demand a better kind of media that more accurately reflects our identity at this pivotal time in history. Your voices and your funding will make this platform a success.
Here’s our promise to you:
While politicians dismiss and demean immigrants, #EmergingUS will tell the stories of who these immigrants are and how their lives are connected to ours.
When big-name media outlets post headlines and share sound bites that bait you into debates, #EmergingUS will encourage all of us to have real conversations about real issues.
When influential people blame “minority groups” for all of our country’s challenges, #EmergingUS will examine why.
We will look not only at politics, but the economic, cultural, and historical motivations behind them.
You’re a lifetime member of #EmergingUS. As a backer, you’ll have a standing invitation to our events – both digital and in the real world – and we’ll give you a sneak peek of the interviews, films, and stories we have in the works. Throughout the crowdfunding campaign, we’ll also give you ways to get involved and spread the word.
You’re changing the media. #EmergingUS isn’t funded by the same old massive media companies that have steered the news for decades. It’s funded by people like you. That means we’re free to tell stories that everyone else is ignoring. We’re not here to represent advertisers or corporations – we are here to represent you.
You’re changing society, too. The journalism from #EmergingUS is going to put a spotlight on honest, illuminating, and sometimes uncomfortable dialogues. We’ll get people to think differently about issues, and when they do, we’ll make sure politicians take notice.
You’ll get access to rewards and gifts to show off your support. Get the #EmergingUS t-shirt and access to other exclusive content.
Your pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Beacon. That means that every dollar you pledge goes twice as far toward helping us launch.
Help us re-make the mainstream with your pledge today. And if you need any help convincing a few friends to join, here are some statistics and figures that might surprise them:
White Americans are an emerging racial minority in many parts of the country; White students became a minority in K-12 public schools for the first time during the 2014-2015 school year.
Latinos are now the country’s largest racial and ethnic minority group, numbering 54 million. In California, 51 percent of all people age 25 and under are Latino. And as California goes, so goes the country.
Asians and Pacific Islanders, numbering 18 million, are the fastest-growing racial and immigrant group. Almost 75% of all Asian adults in the U.S. are immigrants.
The U.S. is home to the largest population of biracial and multiracial people in the world. 1 in 6 new marriages in America are interracial.
We’re starting a digital media platform dedicated to us – the emerging us – the America that we are right now becoming.
This is a first for me!
Join me today at 2 PM ET on the #EmergingUS Facebook page for a live Q&A about the work we are doing with #EmergingUS, as well as issues such as #OscarsSoWhite, #JournalismSoWhite, #NotYourMule, and more.
Thank you for supporting our mission.
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