Source: Fast Company
Alma Hernandez doesn’t fit the description of a traditional politician. She’s Jewish, Latina, 25 years old, and she’s fundraising for migrant families at the border.
Which is why last month, David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, spotlighted Hernandez on Twitter. To his nearly 50,000 followers, the white supremacist tweeted, “Fellow (((Hispanics))) intensify,” invoking the triple parentheses used as an antisemitic symbol to highlight the names of individuals of Jewish background. (The Anti-Defamation League quickly condemned Duke.)
“I’m the perfect target for him,” Hernandez says, who is running for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives. “Knowing that this man has me on his radar shook me to my core, but also empowers me to continue fighting for what I believe in,” she says, “As Paul Newman said, ‘If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character,’ and today I will show the [David Dukes] of the world that my fellow Hispanics will indeed intensify.”
Hernandez’s dual minority background makes her double the target–but it also enables her to bridge two communities that aren’t always aligned in mutual interests. A longtime activist and community organizer, Hernandez is using her unique positioning to get both Latinx and Jewish residents of Tucson, Arizona’s second-largest city, to come together for progressive causes.