Primary season is in full effect for the presidential hopefuls. A significant portion of the news reports have focused on how this election will affect certain demographics, namely Black and Latin@ communities. Blacks and Latinos/as combined make up about 25% of this nation’s population. This is not to say that Blacks and Latinos/as share the same sentiments on various political issues. On the other hand, issues like education, healthcare, and the economy are all areas that are likely to display overlap between the two groups.
In my opinion, while the attention lately has been interesting, we should not settle for primary coverage. This means that we should push all of the candidates and the future president to discuss the issues relevant to our communities for the entire duration of their time in the Oval Office. Issues that deal with 25% of population should be address regularly, not solely when people need support from us. For now, we have to continue to push our representatives to advocate on our behalf and to support the groups that work hard for our integrity and personal freedoms. To see what the Republican candidates think about certain issues relevant to Latin@ communities, view the links below.
Where they stand on Puerto Rico: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/01/27/insulted-puerto-ricans-slam-cnn-debate-republican-candidates/