When you mention the name Castro, most people quiver. Well, maybe not most people but probably the Cuban Americans mostly populating Miami, Florida. Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba transformed Cuba into the first communist state, well not state, island in the west. His trade agreement with the Soviet Union in 1960 expanded an American mistrust. Economic ties between Cuba and the United States were cut and the United States broke diplomatic relations in 1961. In 1962 the Soviet Union covertly stationed airborne missiles in Cuba and we were close to a nuclear war. The Cuban Missile Crisis ended when the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw its nuclear weapons from Cuba in exchange we withdraw the nuclear-armed missiles stationed in Turkey. Over the years tensions remained and in the nineties, thousands of Cubans headed for the United States to flee Castro’s regime.
However, I am not referring to Cuba’s Castro but the current Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julian Castro. He served on the San Antonio City Council for several years before becoming the mayor. He graduated from Harvard, something he has in common with other Harvard graduates such as former Attorney General, Janet Reno; former Secretary of Education, William Bennett; Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney and President Obama. Castro delivered the keynote speech at the recent Democratic National Convention (DNC) and became the first Hispanic in the convention’s history to deliver a keynote address. He said at the convention: Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps…and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. But we also recognize there are some things we can’t do alone. We have to come together and invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow.
According to the United States Census Bureau: The Hispanic population increased by 15.2 million between 2000 and 2010. This accounted for over half of the 27.3 million increase in the total population of the United States. Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 %, which was four times the growth in the total population at 10 percent http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf. Should we be surprised at Castro’s arrival?
Julian Castro was restricted to the frontiers of Texas, but he has invested in a political career for tomorrow and it appears to be prosperous. His name may have been overshadowed by the Castro of Cuba. However, his arrival to the national stage has introduced him to the rest of America. Welcome to America, Castro.
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