Young Women of Color Weigh In on Campaign 2016

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York College students Chizobam Atuanya (between Gov. Kasich and Sen. Sanders), Swatanter Polce and Kayla Webb (flanking. Sec. Clinton) and Melissa Menzies (between Sen. Cruz and Mr. Trump).

Lelosa Imasuen, Gage Skidmore, Michael Vadon

York College students Chizobam Atuanya (between Gov. Kasich and Sen. Sanders), Swatanter Polce and Kayla Webb (flanking. Sec. Clinton) and Melissa Menzies (between Sen. Cruz and Mr. Trump).

In the media’s attempt to explain the voting so far during campaign 2016, demography is often treated like a determinant. White men like Donald Trump. Black people back Hillary Clinton. Young folks adore Bernie Sanders.

But while race, gender, class and religion certainly influence our choices at the polls, the raw survey numbers don’t explain exactly why those linkages are there—let alone why, for some voters, they aren’t.

So City Limits intern Lelosa Imasuen took her camera out to the campus of York College to hear at some length from four people who embody three of the demographic markers that are considered key in the presidential race: They are all young, all women, and all people of color.

The question, simply put, was: Whom do you support, and why?

For some frank talk and surprising answers, give it a watch.

And be sure to join City Limits on Thursday, April 14, for our pre-primary panel, where will talk about the factors—demographic and otherwise—that might shape how the Big Apple and Empire State vote come April 19.: