WASHINGTON, Fri. Aug. 16, 2019: Billed as the largest Caribbean carnival in
North America and presented annually by the West Indian American Day Carnival,
it is a draw each Labor Day in Brooklyn, NY for many New York elected
politicians and those who are running for elected office to rally for the
Caribbean American vote.
But will it be a draw
for any of the Democratic Presidential hopefuls this year? Given that New York
Democrats vote in the Primary Election there on April 28, 2020, it looks
largely unlikely. But here are some reasons why Democratic front runners should
consider showing up at this year’s West Indian American Day carnival in
1: Roughly half of all
foreign-born blacks living in the U.S. or 49 percent are from the Caribbean.
2: There are an estimated
3.5 million immigrants from the Caribbean living across the U.S. who account
for 9 percent of the total foreign-born population and 6 million
self-identified members of the Caribbean Diaspora residing in the United
3: Caribbean immigrants
are significantly more likely than some other immigrant groups to become
naturalized U.S. citizens. Among the Caribbean foreign born, some 55.4 percent
were naturalized U.S. citizens, compared with 43.7 percent of the overall
foreign-born population. Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican
Republic and Guyana account for the largest number of black foreign-born
4: The median annual
household income is put at USD$43,800, higher than Hispanic immigrants, whose median
income is put at $38,000.
5: Twenty percent of
Caribbean-born blacks have a college degree.