Latinos continue making historic strides in 2012.
From the Huffington Post:
“San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September, it was announced Tuesday, making him the first Latino to receive the honor.”
The 37-year-old mayor and graduate of Harvard Law School, who the New York Times dubbed in 2010 “The Post-Hispanic Hispanic Politician,” released a video message expressing his thoughts on being named a keynote speaker.
“I know I’ve got some big shoes to fill,” Castro says in the video. “Two conventions ago, the keynote speaker was a guy named Barack Obama.”
Castro is the son of the late Texas social reformer Rosie Castro, who dedicated her life to the Mexican-American civil rights movement and the advancement of Chicano identity.
“When Obama talked about the audacity of hope,” Castro says, “I thought back to my mother saying that if you didn’t like the way things were, you could dare to change them. I thought, my mother would like this guy.”
If the video is prelude to the mayor’s speech in September, he’ll probably deliver a message similar to the one then-Senator Obama delivered in 2004 — launching the junior senator from Illinois onto the national stage and leading to a presidential bid just a few years later (the rest, as they say, is history).
Plan on hearing Castro talk about the power to change America for the better, both economically and socially. Undoubtedly, Castro will also tout the president’s record during the first three and a half years, in terms of the economy, foreign policy and social reform — the young politician will have much to draw from there.
“We’ve come so far over the past three and a half years under Obama’s leadership,” Castro says. “And I know he’s not done yet. We got a lot more work to do.”
Coincidentally, the same can be said of Castro himself: “he’s not done yet.” His background and accomplishments at such a young age make Castro a potential powerhouse on the national scene should he deliver a strong keynote address at the convention.
Castro may also prove to be the counterweight to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who Republicans hope can draw Latinos over to the dark — that is, red — side of the political aisle. And in the end, what a delicious morsel of irony it would be to see Senator Rubio bumped from national prominence by a Castro.
Nonetheless, Castro appears to be the real deal. Who knows — if all goes well, we may be looking at the first Latino president of the United States.
A similar thing happened once before.
Video message from Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio: