I’m going to start this morning where I often end it, with a recommendation for a lunchtime read. It’s called Clinton’s Latino Firewall
, written by Roberto Suro
, published in Politico. It was suggested to me by Latino daily subscriber Ana Valdez
(thanks for pointing me to it, Ana). Here’s why I think you should read it: it’s new, in the sense that it’s something I hadn’t read or considered concerning U.S. Latino voters and why they haven’t flocked to the disruptive Trump and Sanders campaigns. Here’s an excerpt:
“What’s emerging is a realization that the people least likely to want upheaval are those who have struggled to gain access to the status quo, and who have succeeded at least a bit. With fierce political storms on the horizon, many Americans are genuinely worried about the future of the republic. The onetime-outsiders who make up America’s minority vote may end up providing the ballast that keeps the nation steady: Americans who have experienced exclusion and feel they have something to lose.”
It’s a six-minute read. And it leads me to . . .
64 – The percentage of African-Americans who “strongly agree” that they fear the outcome of the presidential election.
53 – The percentage of Whites who “strongly agree” that they fear the outcome of the presidential election.
38 – The percentage of U.S. Latinos who “strongly agree” that they fear the outcome of the presidential election.
45 – The percentage of U.S.-born Latinos who “strongly agree” that they fear the outcome of the presidential election.
30 – The percentage of Latino immigrants who “strongly agree” that they fear the outcome of the presidential election.
87 – The percentage of U.S.-born Latinos who say they are registered to vote.
28 – The percentage of Latino immigrants who say they are registered to vote.
66 – The percentage of African-Americans who say they “strongly agree” that this election is more important than elections past.
63 – The percentage of Whites who say they “strongly agree” that this election is more important than elections past.
50 – The percentage of U.S. Latinos who say they “strongly agree” that this election is more important than elections past.
►Are the 2 Latino GOP governors going to the RNC?
are expected to travel to Cleveland next week for the big GOP confab, but Nevada’sBrian Sandoval
isn’t. According to KSNV News
Sandoval has a previous engagement, he’ll be in Australia on a trade mission.
New Mexico’s Susana Martinez
will probably be a no-show as well. I couldn’t find an official word on whether she’ll be there or not, but my bet is not. Donald Trump was especially harsh towards Martinez
when he held a rally in her state, he accused her of being at fault for the state’s high unemployment: “It’s your governor’s fault. We have to get your governor and get going. She’s got to do a better job, O.K.? Your governor has got to do a better job.”
Neither Sandoval nor Martinez have endorsed Trump’s candidacy.
►Here’s something you probably didn’t know, the question is why?
reports: “Between July 3 and July 9, five Latinos
were shot and killed in the U.S. by police, according to TeleSUR, a public news outlet sponsored by various Latin American governments. The incidents happened during the same week as the high-profile deaths of Alton Sterling
and Philando Castile
, both black men.”
The five are:
Vinson Lee Ramos
, 37, was shot and killed
by police in Bell, California, while holding a knife, according to the Southgate-Lynwood Patch.
, 24, was shot and killed
by cops in Yuma, Arizona. Reports say she was holding a knife. The Yuma Sun says she had a history of mental illness.
, 19, died after undercover California Highway Patrol officers shot into his moving car
, according to the Los Angeles Times.
, was shot and killed
in Reno, Nevada, after he allegedly tried to drive through the barricades at a festival to avoid a traffic stop.
According to The Guardian
, Blacks are killed by police at a rate of 3.3
per-million; Latinos at 1.6
; Whites at 1.4
; and Native-Americans at 3.4
. The problem, of course, is that Latinos also identify as White (my grandfather identified as White), Black (I have two Black nieces), Asian (my sister-in-law was Mexican-Korean) and Native-American (I’m sure there’s more than a drop of native blood in my veins, enough for Trump to call me Hiawatha, or something like that).