Skip to main content

Rosario Dawson on politics, youth, why the Internet is making us cavemen again

rosario dawson on politics youth hispanicize 2
Image used with permission by copyright holder

dt-es-logo

This story originally ran on Digital Trends Español — the Spanish-language version of the site you know and love.

Read in Spanish

“I don’t have to vote against someone. I get to vote for someone,” says activist and actress Rosario Dawson. At this year’s Hispanicize conference, the New York native and activist took home the Latinovator prize for her work promoting empowerment and civic participation.

Dawson is an all-around activist: knowledgeable, confident, and vocal about her ideas for solving national and international challenges. “If you get someone to vote three times in their life, they will vote for life,” says Dawson, who cofounded Voto Latino to promote citizen participation through voting by using the latest technologies, media, social networks and high-profile artists.

The actress isn’t afraid to voice her opinion on the issues, from her up-front support for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, to her controversial op-ed letter to fellow activist and Hillary Clinton supporter Dolores Huerta. For her, it’s clear that this an important time for Latinos in America to spread the word, engage the community, and vote. “There will be approximately 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in 2016.”

“The Internet is like another dimension that we live in, and it’s a beautiful thing.”

In a press conference at Hispanicize, Dawson spoke about the most important issues that directly affect the Latino community in the United States, but also the role of technology in our lives. “The Internet is like another dimension that we live in, and it’s a beautiful thing. You know we all were around the circle, around the fire, and then we went into more of a pyramid, and we all separated, made our own homes and started working in this other tier system,” she says, comparing the communal lives of our ancestors to the more isolated way we live today. “Now we go home into our individual apartments, but we open up this portal and we connect to the world. It’s like we’re in that circle again,” Dawson said.

While the dynamics of interacting online are complex, Dawson sees real advantages to the medium. “There is an equality there. There are some negative people. There are some positive people. But it’s very diverse, more so than it being just negative and positive. There is every part of the spectrum. The creativity that I see and the humor that I see, is just really beautiful,” she says. “It really inspires me to see the level of interest and passion that people have, no matter what side they’re coming from. Even when they’re really negative, of course people have bad days, but they really do care.”

As for the immediacy of the Internet, she explains, “I just think it’s really fascinating to see, and it’s not just stuff you have to read in the history books, because it’s happening in real time.”

Digital Trends Español asked Dawson how decisive the Latino community’s participation in the upcoming election will be. “There is a huge pocket of all Latinos, and that means encompassing them as women, and as young people, and all of that. [If they] do not show up and vote, then yes, there is going to be a significant impact, because we are such a large minority in this country.”

But in Dawson’s opinion, the youth vote is really the key to this election, not any one race. “You can’t look at sort of any demographic, to a degree, without looking at another … You need to have a very diverse setting, so having the youth vote is very important. And that covers everybody of all different races.”

Whether you agree or disagree where she stands politically, it’s obvious that Dawson is a well-versed activist and professional. Nothing about her is improvised. Whatever she says, her ideals and values are something to be respected and promoted in the United States.

“Make what you love, do what you love and what you’re passionate about. Encourage people to be part of the conversation,” she says.

Editors' Recommendations

Nagidmy Marquez
Nagidmy es comunicadora e internacionalista apasionada de las redes sociales, la historias del mundo y el acontecer diario…
Walmart+: Everything you need to know about Walmart’s retail subscription
Walmart logo.

You've heard of Amazon Prime. Maybe you've heard of My Best Buy Plus. But what is Walmart+? Walmart launched its paid membership program last year. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's worth considering before Black Friday sales start. It offers same day delivery on most items and exclusive discounts. It's currently $13 per month or $98 per year, but there is a 15-day free trial you could time with Black Friday. But there's a little more to it than just that. Here’s everything you need to know about Walmart+.

What is Walmart+?

Read more
30 best gift cards you can give friends, family, and coworkers in 2023
google play gift cards launch in uk

Between gifts, birthdays, and holiday, it can be difficult to figure out what to give the people we know and love. With everybody having their own minds about what to get for themselves, the thought of giving a selected gift becomes challenging. What if the headphones you pick our for your brother aren't exactly the best headphones you can buy? Your niece is into gaming, but there's seemingly no way to remember what games she wants. The solution to all of this disarray and individuality could be cash, but different families and groups tend to have frustratingly unwritten rules around cash giving. That leaves one real solution: The gift card.

But that solution quickly brings forth the new problem of trying to figure out which gift card to give. Nearly every company and service offers one nowadays. And different ones give different sentiments. A gift card for a weight loss program's merchandise could be either be the most thoughtful, well-wishing gift of the year or a metaphorical slap in the face. Despite appearances, a gift card is not necessarily the equivalent of cash. What, then, should you choose?

Read more
Over 100 more Best Buy Black Friday deals just went live
Digital Trends Best Black Friday Best Buy Deals

Best Buy is one of the key retailers when it comes to offering fantastic Black Friday deals. That means it's the perfect place to check out awesome TV deals, laptop deals, and even great sales on appliances too. With hundreds of options newly available, we've helped you out by picking out some highlights. Below, you'll find all the best Best Buy Black Friday deals on TVs, laptops, gaming PCs, headphones, appliances, and other items too.

Best Buy Black Friday TV deals

Read more