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Thursday, September 28, 2023


FIVE MINUTES OF FAME: Grad student fears Super-Bowl style election riots

Julio Castrellon: Where are you originally from?

Meghan Loera: Here, from Houston.

Castrellon: What is your major?

Loera: I’m in graduate school.

Castrellon: For what?

Loera: Social work.

Castrellon: What do you want to do with that?

Loera: I’m not sure yet.

Castrellon: You don’t have any places you want work for?

Loera: Well, right now I’m employed at (Child Protective Services), and I’m eventually going into political social work.

Castrellon: What are your views on politics right now?

Loera: I don’t really like to say that (laughs).

Castrellon: You don’t? Why not? You don’t want anybody to know?

Loera: No.

Castrellon: What’s so forsaken about it? Are you afraid how other people are going to look at you?

Loera: I just… what do you mean "look at" me?

Castrellon: Yeah, like somebody sees you and they’re like, "Oh my God, you’re Republican. Oh they’re a Democrat."

Loera: Like judge?

Castrellon: Yeah, they’re going to judge you for being one group over another?

Loera: I guess so.

Castrellon: So you’re not going to tell me who you’re voting for?

Loera: No (laughs).

Castrellon: So overall, what do you think of the candidates?

Loera: I think in general what’s happening is really great. There’s a woman and an African-American… and I think that says a lot about where we’re moving.t

Castrellon: From a country that will have riots after a Super Bowl, or other big sporting events, what do you think’s going to happen if a woman or a black man becomes president?

Loera: I think the same thing will happen that happens after a Super Bowl (laughs).

Castrellon: How likely do you think it will be to happen? Like a 90 percent chance of riots in the streets?

Loera: Yeah.

Castrellon: Ninety percent?

Loera: Or higher.

Castrellon: So you lost your belief in humanity a long time ago?

Loera: Nah, I just have a reality of it.

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