By Alexandria Gonzalez
HOUSTON — Last night, the nation watched as the first Hispanic to ever deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention took the stage in Charlotte, North Carolina. At just 37 years old, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave the long-awaited speech, and it was well-received.
He took charge of a supportive audience and delivered a speech that touched on the hot-button Democratic issues President Obama is hoping will get him re-elected. When it came to the opposition, he said that Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, “just doesn’t get it.”
“When it comes to getting the middle class back to work, Mitt Romney says, ‘No.’ When it comes to respecting women’s rights, Mitt Romney says, ‘No.’ When it comes to letting people marry whomever they love, Mitt Romney says, ‘No.’ When it comes to expanding access to good health care, Mitt Romney says, ‘No.'”
Castro and his twin brother, Joaquin, who is also a politician, grew up in San Antonio with their mother, Rosie, and their grandmother, Victoria, who came to the United States from Mexico as an orphan at the age of 6. His grandmother had to drop out of school to start working as a maid and a cook, struggling to pay the bills and send her only daughter to college. Her grandsons eventually went even further attending Stanford for undergraduate degrees and then Harvard Law School.
Being that he is a Hispanic and a vehement supporter and product of “middle class America,” Julian Castro was a smart choice to deliver the career-making keynote address at the DNC. Given that the Hispanics now make up more than 16 percent of the population, Castro was sure to bring up an issue they care deeply about.
“And because he knows that we don’t have an ounce of talent to waste, the president took action to lift the shadow of deportation from a generation of young, law-abiding immigrants called dreamers,” said Castro, in reference to President Obama’s support of the DREAM Act.
Overall, Castro’s speech made history, not only because it was the first convention keynote address given by a Hispanic, but because he delivered it well, covering all the bases.
“The days we live in are not easy ones, but we have seen days like this before, and America prevailed,” said Castro. “With each generation going further than the last, America prevailed. And with the opportunity we build today for a shared prosperity tomorrow, America will prevail. It begins with re-electing Barack Obama. It begins with you. It begins now.”