My comadre asks me, How can I not be supportive of Julian Castro for President?
Comadre, I see Julian Castro as one of my own! Many of us Chicanas cradled him when he was a baby, as his mom Rosie and many of us continued the quest for equal opportunity for all. As a Chicana from South Texas, I was in awe when I heard Rosie speak during a conference in San Antonio during Raza Unida days. She single-handedly sought opportunities, through her educational connections, and continued to push her boys to the highest levels of education. They obtained degrees from Ivy League schools to show they could be as good or better than their white counterparts. Soy abogados comadre, como que no son calificados????
Why am I supporting him…because he is one of the best qualified candidates running within the Democratic Party! Is it not what we are looking for as a nation, leaders who are educated, well spoken, and respectful to all people?
As I have followed the campaign and contributed to his campaign, I hear the hemming and hawing from our own…”hay comadre, he looks so young.” “debe de experar.” “Maybe he should consider later on.” “no tiene suficiente experencia”
All the above is nonesense!! He is young yes, but he is qualified!
The biggest problem is the lack of money to sustain such a campaign. I am giving him money regularly, and frankly it has become a pain in the butt, not the giving him money, but the constant asking by the Democratic Party.
Why did we start the Raza Unida Party? We had had enough, because we never got any respect from the Democratic Party. (i.e. this comment from gang members all the time) We were always Democrats and we voted (pulled la palanka) for Democrats! National polls approved by DNC often sample a tiny percent of Latinos, never a representative sample. More importantly DNC does not consider polls commissioned by Spanish language media such as Univision where Julian has ranked 2 or 3 in presidential preference.
Comadre, it is time that we take a stand and speak in favor of Julian’s candidacy and do everything to move him forward. Media coverage is sparse or non-existent. TV’s talking-heads rarely discuss Julian or the importance of the Latino vote. We are allowing the media to keep us on the fringes.
It’s time to put on the gloves and fight for our own who is the best qualified, who is respectful and knows the issues before our country. We have to fight for our country using our voices, our money and our votes!!! JULIAN CASTRO FOR PREZ.
Copyright 2019 by Luz Bazan Gutiérrez.