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.

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

Julian Castro

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

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