Julián Castro Explains Why Ending Police Brutality Is Central to His Campaign

As the 2020 presidential race continues to unfold, there are certain things I have come to expect from particular candidates during the Democratic debates. When it comes to former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, I now anticipate him calling out racial inequalities and police brutality on debate stages.


Most recently, during the October 15 debate in Westerville, Ohio, Castro was the only candidate to mention police violence during the three-hour-long event. And that was not the first time he named the victims of police violence when laying out his policy measures for addressing the problem.


However, his decision to call out bad behavior from police officers and the need for reform does not come without criticism. In an interview with The Root, Secretary Castro said, “For a lot of people in politics, addressing police brutality is not something that they’re comfortable doing because it gets very easy for people to try and label you ‘anti-police.’”

In the video above Castro outlines his People First Policing Plan; specifically how he plans on stopping the school-to-prison pipeline, ending qualified immunity and federally investigating police shootings.

Jessica Moulite is an award-winning Video Producer at The Root passionate about dismantling unjust societal power structures and all things Black culture. She's also probably watching “Living Single.”

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Here is what this message is really saying:

Hi my name is Julian Castro, the reason why I am being ignored by the media is because I refuse to center my campaign around the fears and insecurities of white Americans only. Because I have chosen to do this I am being ignored by the media and not given any air time. See if I went around bashing millionaires and billionaires like Bernie & Warren they would give me some air time. I guess I should pay more attention to the people that would just as soon have me killed than vote for me. Anyway wish me luck. While this country’s electorate turns younger & browner the media still thinks focusing on white people is all that matters. Come to think of it they may be right.


Julian Castro

PS: Fuck the polls they don’t mean shit.

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