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Julián Castro Ends 2020 Bid by Listing Names of People of Color Killed by Police

THIS is why I’m disappointed that Castro is dropping out of the race.


“I’ve determined that it simply isn’t our time,” Castro said in a campaign video. “Today, it’s with a heavy heart and profound gratitude that I will suspend my campaign for president.”

Castro did not say what he planned to do next but vowed that he was “not done fighting.”

“I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care and a decent place to live,” he said.

The video touted Castro “speaking up for the most vulnerable folks in this country” on the campaign trail.

“We’ve been fighting for those who are often left out, cast aside, marginalized,” he said in the video.

It also included a montage of Castro listing names of people of color who were killed by police or died in police custody, as he frequently did at debates and speeches.

Castro invoked Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Pamela Turner, Stephon Clark and Antonio Arce.

“They deserve justice, too,” he said. “No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter the color of your skin, you ought to be treated the same under our justice system. I’m the only candidate that’s put forward a plan on police reform.”


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