Virginia, California, Milwaukee discussed on 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast
I deeply believe that in this country. We've always had the population. We needed an increasingly interglobal interglobal world. This is the population that we should be. Grooming whether we're chinese-american Polish American African American Latina magazine. This is the moment that we can really get everybody up. Level to level up to bring in the fruits of the future is a great line that you disuse which we have always had the population that we needed. You Know Barack Obama after the made a comment after the the last Olympics that I thought it was it was. It was a terrific comment. He didn't grounded grounded in politics could've easily grounded in the politics immigration. He says you know there's a reason why America is always number one or number two in the metals no matter what Olympics six we had and it's because we come from everywhere all right. I wanted to start that way because I want to get into what happened in Milwaukee and it because as I'm concerned about a few things here and I'm curious where where your head is Adam. This this is of course referring to the incident when a An American citizen of Peruvian descent. I believe I guess it got it back and forth with another gentleman from Wisconsin. -SCONSIN this option of Wisconsin A dispute over a parking space and suddenly the Peruvian man's Skin color mattered To the person any threw battery acid Adam and it was this is a hate crime pure and simple based on his ethnicity. I'm still waiting for the president to say anything and I'm sure I don't know if you want the president say anything or not but has there been enough national leadership on this issue zero. I mean zero and that's what's astounding. So the back story is that he parked discard the John. The other gentlemen wanted the car space and I guess he didn't move. He came back out and he did move or he didn't his car Reva Corner. Basically the the guy was trying this gentleman. He tried to all right yes. He apparently moved two blocks. Okay this was caught on camera. I know so and the the other ones will go back to your country right and he's like I'm a US citizen and at least nineteen years. I think he threw battery acid. But I think the most heartbreaking piece that I had to re to as I read the story and watch the videos that he had to go to his children to Sun and explain what happened to him and as a parent. This idea that you are not only not able to be safe by that is that what does that translate for what you're communicating to your to. Your family is really tough. But but I think that the this is all very real with the president in office hate crimes among Latinos amount Jewish Americans among African Americans Asians Muslims have skyrocketed. This is true a bullying it now is among in the Mon- in Mung the Latino community. It's the number one mental health issue that parents have concerns with their kids. It's it's there's a friend of mine WHO's Muslim and her our son. This is an Arlington County. Public School was at in the lunchroom called a terrorist. Yeah and it really setback grades. He didn't tell his mother the incident until after the school year so she couldn't and by the time she could engage the leadership of the school because their kid didn't didn't WanNa tell her well it's embarrassing. It's but it was in you know it's it's again Arlington County. This is this is not a a red enclave of anything. or any sort of Maga- hat Wisconsin. Right I mean I think that's the challenge is that we're seeing it everywhere. I mean even the even though in little town where I grew up in the local middle school during trump's election was spray painted with go back. Go back to your country. Where fifty percent of the kids were Latino denote? They were Americans right and I think this is. This is an incredible leadership moment. Explain that this transition that we're experiencing creates possibilities for us. The people a yellow go back to go back home or the descendants of people who were told to go back home. I'd go back home literally. Their grandparents were told. Go back to the country you came from when they came over well and I I like to remind folks I mean we were. We were established by religious refugees. Right like that is that is our origin at ah for better or worse and the I think the challenge right now with these conversations is that we are turning off the excitement of a generation of young the Americans who feel that patriotism has been overtaken by the nationalist right. And that's a danger because we want folks to be bought into our possibility Eh. But if they're not getting the if they're not getting the resources they're not getting addressed and their pain is not gonNA address. We can't do that. Look let's let's be a bit crankier. About what fear campaigns do veer pay and pains. Don't motivate people to vote they motivate people not to vote. Don't they explain. Some people might think. Oh this fear campaigns going to inspire more. It looks to me like it's a scare tactic. It's an absolute scare tactic and it was interesting. It's completely dubious because they try to. They a lot of what we're starting to see in social media and social media feeds for example my staff I think I shared with you chuck. They're starting to receive a stuff from the from the right talking about socialism and how the Democrats are bad. And so they tried equivocate. These policies as kind of neutrally both you being courted but in a perverse way. Now it's more of a stay at home you're getting courted in Don't come out right because if you think we're bad well they're gonNA send you back to the country that you your family may have come from what they've experienced right so it kinda neutralizes. The vote The Democrats are doing the same the thing on the Republican side. They're trying to neutralize the Republicans from coming out But it's not A. That's not a healthy tactic or long term strategy. If what you believe if you believe that are are. The underpinnings of our democracy isn't massive participation right so for both of these parties to be up to those dirty tactics for the work that I do. It's not only more difficult perfect but I really believe that. The system works for the people who occupy and our job is to occupy these young people into the boat voting booth. It is tough in politics. Do not have an aspirational final message. And I feel like now this is I have. Do you feel as if that the Spanish community right now. Particularly the politically engaged Hispanics SPANDEX. Feel as if there's a fear campaign. This is considering Paso batter this Milwaukee incident. I just our in our job job is to counteract I was just going to say what you view your messaging to be. What do you view? And here's something else who could step up to fill the leadership void right now. Is it have to be a presidential candidate or are there others. I think it has to be a combination. I think that it has to become a nation but I think it has to be someone that can speak to do the totality of Americans for it to be effective and for it to be smart And in this moment when we talk about the fear tactics they're real because people who have done harm to Latino community has connected directly to the voting block you mentioned El Paso in El Paso the creed that this man who decided that he was going to jump in ten hours and drive down and kill 'em 'cause maximum pain in his creed. He said that he wanted to Tamper Down Hispanic voting block. You can't get more explicit it and so we're hearing the messages but what we need to do is Talk Mano Mano with the Community and take a lot of lessons that we borrowed from the Civil Rights Movement and that we borrowed from California after proposition. Eighty seven where we were experiencing very similar heightened tension not as much direct violence and and that was organized. And speak about what happens. When you participate California Up to twenty five years ago it was a swing state and then Pete Wilson decided that he was gonna put it on the backs of our families and we decided to organize and mobilize and now California's solidly blue But that was Republicans fault I would say this is the Republicans. They should be talking to people's aspirations of why they moved their family here for many purposes. All right. Let's bring this to close on this question. which is You're you're you're a voter If anything your vote engagement voter registration organization Voto Latino. I think I know you've said this before. You have a concern that it's it's not the Democrats are going to be complacent about the Latino vote. It's that they aren't going to be fully engaged enough in vote that it's it's that there isn't a Enough registration campaigns isn't enough outreach. Who's doing the best job that you've seen so far? Let's instead of focusing on the negative of this presidential presidential campaigns who is checking a box and who is actually trying to do more than just check a box interesting. When I look at the political debates? Or whoever's going to win I would say that the majority of Democrats Reg Democrats are GONNA go out and vote for whoever The job is to ensure that you keep the white suburban moms that came out during the midterms. You want to keep them in your camp and you WanNa grow where the marketplaces you have. Twelve million young people that have turned eighteen since the last election. Twelve million more than boomers for the first time so we're going to have the largest generation that is the youngest generation that is under registered. And you have exactly fifteen million Latinas that are under register. This are the only two marketplaces you can go to go right so nothing is going to go where the voters are and that is in the south interesting. It's all on the south. It's all in the South Arizona. Virginia Georgia Texas North Carolina. It is in the south. The fact that say the least tilt story of the two thousand eighteen. Election's there are so many wins Arizona purple. No one talks about that. Not only is it is it. Is it like Virginia's it just stopping by purple on its way to it was in. Hov Lane from two thousand now. I mean it went from red to blue and twenty years a big. That's a fast change in exchange huge you change and this is what's wild Texas not so far behind Texas. You have two point five million literally a quarter of all eligible young Latino voters in that state and they're scared and they're angry what. Why is there all this money being spent on other programs and not on voter registration and I mean it feels like I'm always surprised at how? How underfunded voter registration campaigns are in Texas in general? You and me. Both I think part of the reason is that this is this talks more about the mechanics. People often times they lean church what they know and if you look at the political establishment from both parties most of the consultants and most of the operatives are all from the Midwest that is what they now oh so true. That's a fascinating point about it. It is amazing. How many operatives both parties have Iowa experience but that's what they know right so they you keep leaning into it instead dead of actually saying well this is where the future is and if there is if Virginia Colorado Nevada of recent history are any indication of where the future is it is through so young people is through Latinos is through suburban? MOMS always a pleasure to speak with my friend and colleague Maria Theresa Kamar. When we come back I'll be joined by Jonah? Goldberg and Steve Hayes both formerly of conservative publications National Review and Weekly Standard respectively..