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A Latino USA Roundtable: Latinos and the Political... / by Maria Hinojosa | December 1, 2010

A Latino USA Roundtable: Latinos and the Political Process

We’ve examined the rising importance of Latino candidates and voters in America, with an eye toward this year’s midterm elections. Now that the election has passed, we decided to narrow our focus a bit more and look at how Latinos can become a driving force in the politicial process, and how the Latino community can make its own voice heard instead of relying on others to relay the message.

Earlier this year, we interviewed longtime activist Rosie Castro in Texas. On this week’s program, we hear a bit of her interview with Maria Hinojosa. Latino USA also brought together three extremely bright minds to discuss the issues: Kai Wright, an editor at ColorLines Magazine, Lydia Camarillo, Vice President of the Southwest Voter Education Registration Project, and Luis Fraga, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Their extended interview (presented here) lasts nearly an hour; a shorter version, edited to meet our broadcast requirements, can be heard using the audio player in the top right corner of this page.

Right-click here to download an .mp3 of this segment.

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Alexa says:

They also ignore that more than half of Latinos are White, most are inniatidguishsble from Mediterranean people, there is no racial difference between Lopez and other Whites, Jimmy Fallon has darker skin than Lopez. I was watching spy kids with my preteen sister last night and I noticed that Banderas has darker skin than Alexa Vega, so Latinos can often have lighter skin than Mediterranean people. This shows what weak ground they are on, they cannot decide what white’ means, besides the view that Hispanics are not White originated from antiquated racist views, so their view of race is grounded is bigotry.