Message from Mona Davids, Founder and Publisher of LittleAfrica News on the Race for NY Governor
In our July 5th edition following the June 23rd primary election, I stated in my founder’s message, “In the four months leading up to the election, we hope to see Governor Hochul and Congressman Zeldin in our communities engaging us and not taking our vote for granted.”
Unfortunately, both candidates have not engaged the Black immigrant community. NYC has the largest Black immigrant population in the nation. There are almost 600,000 Black immigrant voters in New York, with a majority residing in NYC. These Black immigrants, including immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, are the most active voters out of all the immigrant groups. We vote more than Asian and Hispanic immigrants. Within this group of Black immigrant voters, Sub-Saharan Africans are the most active.
Within the last 20 years, the African immigrant population grew 246% from 600,000 to 2 million. Africans are the fastest-growing Black immigrant population in the United States. We earn more than $133 billion, pay over $36 billion in taxes, and have a spending power of over $98 billion.
I have spoken to senior leadership in both the Hochul and Zeldin campaigns about their lack of engagement with the Black immigrant community. Since they don’t value my community or engage us, neither will get my vote.
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