The Bernie Sanders campaign’s tack to aggressively seek endorsements of Californians who had long worked on issues that are key to his candidacy, and list the endorsements on his website, was a counterintuitive way to woo the state’s large Latino electorate, said Alexandro Jose Gradilla, associate professor of Chicano studies at Cal State Fullerton.
“He didn’t do the ‘yo como un burrito’ thing — he’s seeing them as workers and students,” he said. “In 2016, that de-emphasis on race rubbed people the wrong way. But Sanders figured out doing the anti-identity politics thing now is the anti-Trump message that can win.
“For community organizers to really throw themselves into this,” Gradilla added, “means they believe in that message.” Continue reading in the Los Angeles Times.