On the campaign trail on Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker was talking to students at an event in North Las Vegas that was sponsored by the Clark County Black Caucus and the Black Student Union. In town there’s a large black community and the campaign know they need to reach black voters and younger voters in particular. That used to be a Cory Booker cornerstone.
Booker took a question from 18-year-old black student Jeremiah Wright.
“As a young African American male, how would voting for you benefit my generation as a whole?” Wright asked.
“The challenge we have a lot of times is I think a lot of fellas don’t understand how powerful they are, that you actually don’t have to wait for a politician to do anything for you. The more involved you are, the more engaged you are in your own community, the more that politicians are going to come to you and ask you, ‘What should I do?’ So instead of you listening to us, I want to create an America where more come to you and start listening to you. And the way we’re going to do that is by trying to get a lot more engagement in politics,” Booker said.
“I agree with what you’re saying, and it sounds good. But, you know, it’s like a lot. We got to do it one step at a time because I know all this stuff, they’ll talk about it and all this, but then when it comes down to it,” said Wright.
“But change doesn’t happen, and this is why I keep saying this, change doesn’t happen by electing one person to one office,” Booker said. “It just doesn’t, and it never has. The civil rights movement, did we get those gains because a bunch of guys on