Arizona State Rep Rubén Gallego on Racism, Immigration & More
At the recent NALEO conference News Taco had the chance to sit down with Arizona State Rep. Rubén Gallego, the following is an interview with him and a short video snippet.
NT: What’s it like being a Latino in Arizona?
RG: It’s disheartening at times. Even though I don’t “look” Latino, I do feel the racism. For example, when I was running for office my family members would get on the phone and call voters, and voters would say, “I’m not voting for him, he’s a Mexican.” And my mom and my family members would say, “Well, excuse me, the person you’re calling ‘a Mexican’ he served in the Iraq War, he’s a veteran, he fought in the infantry, he loves this country.” They said, “I don’t care.” Click.
Read the rest. There is more in the transcript than on the video, but both are way too short.