The American future is here, and there’s great news: the future votes.
For years, political pundits have been predicting the full arrival of America’s emerging majority. And all the while, cynical politicians have attempted to hold back the future, appealing to voters’ old prejudices and fears instead of adjusting to the future electorate waiting in the wings.
Tuesday’s elections make it crystal clear — not only has the future arrived, but our next generation of American leaders is fired up about taking their place in our political process.
On the ground in communities across the country, I’ve worked hand in hand with these voters — unbelievable, inspirational young people charting a bold course of empowerment, action, and ownership over their destinies.
In Florida and in Alabama and in Washington D.C., I was stunned to meet with whole college auditoriums bursting students schooling me in diversity and incredible new ideas. In my role as Voto Latino Chairwoman, I went expecting to give something of a lecture about activism, culture, and voting. What I got was the reverse — a full-blown crash course in what it means to be part of this emerging majority, a young person with dreams to prove and a fire inside.
On the road in California, New York, and across America, I’ve…
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This article was first published in Huffington post Latino Voices.
Rosario Dawson is an actress and co-founder of Voto Latino.[Photo by NewsTaco]