I SEE U, Episode 22: Coalitions of Color

How can Texas’ largest minority groups translate their increasing numbers into greater political power? Former Harris County Clerk, Chris Hollins, and Secretary Julián Castro candidly discuss minority coalition building.

Julian Castro, Lina Hidalgo, and Chris Hollins


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According to new census data 95% of the population growth in Texas was from communities of color and Texas is a majority minority state. Latinos and African Americans are the largest minority groups in the state and have the potential to wield enormous political power if they can build and maintain successful coalitions. On this episode, we explore examples of Black/Latino coalition building past and present. We'll chat with former Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins whose work with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to expand voter access during the pandemic gained national attention. We also talk to former Secretary Julian Castro about his bid for the presidency, political advocacy work and partnership with African American political strategists, Maya Rupert. It is also important to recognize that Latinos and African Americans have a long history of working together in Texas.

Latinos and African Americans have a long history of working together in Texas, as Maria Esther Hammack, historian from the University of Pennsylvania, shares in the surprising history of the Underground Railroad leading south to Mexico. Its Back to the Future of Black/Latino coalition building on this episode of I SEE U.

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