Any talk about racial injustice needs to begin with the acknowledgment that it exists in Texas. We must also acknowledge that it damages our community, our economy, and our progress. Texas is blessed with an amazing diversity of people. Each bring their own energy, talents, and strengths, and we must embrace that diversity for our state is to truly live up to its potential.
The foundation of racial justice is built on three pillars: unfettered access to voting, economic equality in terms of jobs and career advancement, and access to higher education. Without justice at the ballot box, in the workplace, and in education, the systematic discrimination against people of color and immigrants will continue.
We must repeal laws that impede Texans ability to legally cast their ballot. Early voting must be made easy and available to everyone. Polling locations and hours must take into account those voters who may not be able to take time away from an hourly job to vote. The “Motor Voter Act” which was designed to get more eligible voters registered has been twisted to become a tool for purging voters. That must stop. We must return to an easy and verifiable voter registration that does not hinder access to this fundamental right.
Economic opportunities and jobs are vital to leveling the playing field for all Texans. To achieve that, we must enforce existing statutes designed to provide equal opportunities. We must also pass statewide non-discrimination laws that prohibit job discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. I also would propose initiating a study to create business incubators in minority communities to foster entrepreneurship and development within the community.
Racial and minority injustices in our higher education system must be addressed as well. Without reasonable access to colleges and universities we deny opportunities to build the future leaders of our state. I propose looking at an overhaul of the student loan process in Texas and advocate creating an affordable and equitable alternative.