The truth is we do not all hold the same interests

It can be difficult for people outside of the Latino community to comprehend. But socialization, nationality, and geography all play significant factors in why the Latino vote is one of the most divided among America’s largest and most diverse ethnic group.

Let’s begin at the beginning. Because somehow, the simplest explanation seems to be the hardest for people to get.

Once and for all, Latinos are not a racial group. That option isn’t on the Census. You have to choose a specific race or ethnicity. You can choose White, Black, Asian, American Indian, or Pacific Islander. According to Pew Research


Can the American people have faith in government anymore?

It may seem like the American people have forgotten the promises made of immediate $2,000 stimulus checks by Joe Biden leading up to the Georgia runoffs, but we are still all bearing witness to the intensive amount of suffering going on in our country at the moment. After almost a year of a coronavirus pandemic filled with anguish taking over 500,000 lives and millions of jobs, the American government continues to fail in delivering the needs of the people.

Last year’s election was essentially a referendum of the failures of Donald Trump and the Republican Party in the handling the…


Going back to business as usual will lead us down a darker path.

After the trauma our country has experienced these last four years, Washington cannot go back to business as usual. It was this brand of austerity in our politics that got us into this position in the first place. Make no mistake, if the Biden administration is not transformational, another Trump-esque candidate with more competence and ambition is sure to come to power.

In a time when many Americans are in dire straits due to the pandemic, our leaders blatantly lied about $2,000 checks for votes and demonstrates our inability to have strong political will. The fact of the matter is…


How White supremacy is perpetuated by non-White groups

Throughout much of our history, White supremacy anti-Black racism as we know it has largely been headed by White Anglo-Saxon Protestants; otherwise known as WASPs. As immigration from Europe increased through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, other European groups would soon begin to assimilate and become what we know as White today. However, the backlash and foul treatment of European immigrants or ‘White ethnics’ if you will received upon arriving to the U.S. was prevalent and widely accepted.

The xenophobia, bigotry, and confrontational rhetoric faced by the Irish, Jews, Italians, and many other European groups was hostile in nature, yet…


Nina Turner has officially announced that she is running for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

Hello Somebody!

When those words were uttered at the beginning of a Bernie Sanders rally, you knew what time it was. And if you didn’t know, you were about to find out who and what Nina Turner was all about. A fierce advocate for racial justice, Turner invokes the spirit of our late Civil Rights leaders who did not come along to get along. The kind of leader needed to move the ball forward in a futile Congress, and this is why I love that she is running to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

While there will be detractors…


The story behind some of Joe Biden’s cabinet picks.

Yes, Trump will be long gone from the White House soon, but does that mean we should be lulled to sleep again? This is not Obama in ’08, Joe and co., so we should not expect s**t to be sweet these next four years. As a matter of fact, criticisms are already being made as to how will Biden tackle the nation’s most pressing issues like the pandemic, economy, access to adequate healthcare, allocating more resources to education, sustainable housing for all, racial justice and so much more.

With the economy heavily dependent on the success of the vaccine rollout…


The common interests of workers have no boundaries.

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “if you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

The placation to racial conflict to appeal to the White working class has been the oldest political trick and still used till this day. This is not just my opinion, but a fact according to former Republican National Committee chairman, Ken Mehlman who apologized for the Republican Party’s use of the Southern Strategy after the political realignment…


America’s deep and complicated relationship with socialism.

Despite the negative public opinion of socialism in America, the most popular government programs––Social Security and Medicare––are rooted in socialist ideals.

By 1912, The Socialist Party elected over 150 local officials in over 30 states. It was clear to both parties that socialism was on the rise in the United States during this time––primarily due to the robber barons, monopolies, and greed that besieged the common interests of workers. …


The Corporate Agenda of the Democratic Party must cease.

Why did Joe Biden feel comfortable enough to say “you ain’t Black” if you didn’t vote for him? Rumor has it that right before Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he stated “I’ll have those n****rs voting Democratic for 200 years.” While this statement was not ever confirmed, it does coincide with the actions of a Democratic Party who feel like they own votes, particularly Black and Brown ones.

Over the last decade, it’s become clear that the Democratic Party has lost touch with its base with misguided corporate agendas that do not blend well with the…


How the 2020s Could Look a Lot Like the 1960s

Civil Rights. Protest. Riots. Social Unrest. CHAOS.

Sounds a lot like a time period we learned about in grade school.

I can still vividly remember when my social studies teacher, Mr. Parascos, asked the class if they felt racism was a remnant of the past in ’08 after Barack Obama was elected. It was my freshman year of high school and we felt a shift in America. We had hope that this would be the moment to spark change––pun intended––but slowly and surely the beast reared its ugly head.

As the Obama administration continued into the 2010s, many in my…

Steven Odali Rodriguez

Human. Millennial. Afro-Latino. Brother. He/Him. @ohitsodali across all social platforms.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store