Over the holidays, CSPAN ran presentations from the Center for Presidential Studies at Southen Methodist University of which I was honored to be one of the speakers. The conference topic was “Religion in the Age of Obama.” My topic was Latino/a Religious Communities and the Immigration Issue. Here is the link if you’re interested: http://www.c-span.org/video/?322598-2/discussion-religion-social-issues
That is about all you need to know about the kinds of comments I received, either on my Twitter feed, my campus email, and one person actually called my cell phone (not to worry, that was a rare, positive one). I have done television before, and mostly it’s been a positive experience, but usually, those appearances were “academic” and did not stray from the political hotbed of immigration. This time though, what I suspected, that the aging white majority is scared to death of the loss of their imagined America, I now have some evidence for my assertions. Considering I did not receive the nasty racist invective often hurled at my colleagues when they step out and discuss politics, I escaped unscathed aside from an assertion that I was secretly trying to help gang members cross the border because I was “one of their kind.” That was pretty good.