“One of the tragedies of being an historian is that you know too damn much.” ―Raymond Rodriguez, co-author of “Decade of Betrayal”
In his 2015 talk, Marty Castro examines the power of rhetoric in American political discourse, going back to the earliest known recordings of anti-Mexican sentiment during the Revolutionary War. With “Little Trump” (Marty’s costumed son, Nez) joining him on stage, Marty discusses the ramifications of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and its galvanizing of right-wing white nationalist supremacist groups.
“Words matter,” he shares, and words that are part of the mainstream political discourse and incite violence have become not about politics, but about the safety of the Mexican community. MEX talks, he shares, is a way to counter that negativity by sharing stories of the accomplishments of Mexicans in the United States and their contributions to the country.
Marty Castro, Host Castro Synergies
The son Mexican immigrants, Marty was the first in his family to graduate from high school and obtain higher education. Marty has been a leader in community, civic and philanthropic organizations, including appointments on state and federal commissions. Marty currently serves as the President and CEO of Castro Synergies.
Tonantzin Carmona begins her talk by sharing that checking a box on a form when she was 13 years old changed...
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