No Longer Outsiders: Black and Latino Interest Group Advocacy on Capitol Hill
by Michael D. Minta
University of Chicago Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-0-226-76527-3 | eISBN: 978-0-226-76544-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-76530-3
Library of Congress Classification JK1118.M56 2021

With the rise of Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights protests, critics have questioned whether mainstream black and Latino civil rights organizations such as the NAACP and UnidosUS are in touch with the needs of minorities—especially from younger generations. Though these mainstream groups have relied on insider political tactics, such as lobbying and congressional testimony, to advocate for minority interests, Michael D. Minta argues that these strategies are still effective tools for advocating for progressive changes.
In No Longer Outsiders, Michael D. Minta provides a comprehensive account of the effectiveness of minority civil rights organizations and their legislative allies. He finds that the organizations are consistent with black and Latino preferences for stronger enforcement of civil rights policy and immigration reform. Although these groups focus mainly on civil rights for blacks and immigration issues for Latinos, their policy agendas extend into other significant areas, including social welfare policy, funding for black- and Latino-serving institutions of higher education, and criminal justice. Minta concludes with an examination of how diversity in Congress helps groups gain greater influence and policy success despite many limits placed upon them.
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