But the importance of Julian Castro giving this speech is: THIS IS NOT A WHITE, BLACK, EUROPEAN, MEXICAN, ASIAN, BROWN, YELLOW OR RED AMERICA. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND IT IS IMPORTANT! IT IS SIGNIFICANT! TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT EACH OF US, OF EVERY ETHNICITY, ARE EQUAL! EACH OF US CAN ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM! EACH OF US CAN STEP INTO THIS ROLE -- AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER OR AS PRESIDENT OF AMERICA! THIS IS THE AMERICAN DREAM!!
At 37, Carlos is the youngest big-city mayor in the country and has been mentioned by both parties as a future governor of Texas or even the first Latino President. He doesn’t deny interest in either job, saying only that if he gets reelected in 2017, he’ll “look around and see what’s possible.”
But Castro is not the only political force in a family that resembles a working-class, Tejano version of the Kennedys. His mother, Rosie Castro, has a long history of political activism. Born in 1947, Rosie Castro was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She did very well in school where she was president and valedictorian of her class and organized a Catholic Youth Club at the school. At a young age, she was active in San Antonio politics. She earned a master's degree from the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) and interned with the City of San Antonio.