Jorge Garcia Boston College – The Oscar Nominee
If you’ve been paying attention to the media, you’ll likely know that the actor and human rights activist, Jorge Garcia, is a star of the actor community. The New York Times calls him “the rare actor who is a tireless advocate for social causes in the United States and around the world.” He was also recently honored with an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the film “The Promise.” Garcia’s work with the New York City AIDS Project is why his interest in the Jorge Garcia Boston College School of Public Health makes perfect sense.
What does Garcia’s article on Boston College’s website about him say about his commitment to the field of public health?
His article is titled, “With Boston College, I Want to Promote the Value of Democracy in Health Care.” It’s an interesting title, as it implies that the writer believes that politics and advocacy are a form of activism. In his words, “a political principle is something that you have to work towards over time.”
The reference to the American Health Care Act indicates that Garcia’s belief that advocacy is activism is at odds with his Bio page, which states that he is an activist. It goes on to say that Garcia’s goal is to “demonstrate that the policy debate about health care and health disparities is not an impediment to education and equality but rather a necessary part of the process.” That’s in a small paragraph at the end of the bio page. Unfortunately, Garcia’s position on advocacy and politics has become a political liability for the actor.
There are many people in America who support political causes that involve getting money out of politics. Many believe this issue to be more important than others, and I agree. However, I also believe strongly that we must educate our leaders and citizens about the harm caused by unaccountable political power. To get to the root of the problem, we must eliminate the “wisdom of the crowds” when using laws and politics to control economic and social development.
The bio page is just one example of Garcia’s political conflict of interest. He has admitted that he is a Democrat, which means that he is going to do everything he can to preserve the power of the Democratic Party. That doesn’t mean he has decided that he is going to use his celebrity to influence our politicians. His Bio page states that he is committed to transparency and trying to fix a system that may actually be broken.
I was very impressed with Garcia’s “We Need a Revolution” portion of his Bio page. The actor sees President Trump as part of the problem, as he says, “Some people are going to deny the concept of a power elite, a cluster of powerful people who control the political, economic, and cultural systems of a nation.” Unfortunately, there is no incentive for a person like Garcia to be concerned about “those people” except a willingness to write an article about it. If Garcia is truly worried about that, he should focus on those in power.
Garcia could avoid such a dilemma by asking himself if he will be voting for candidates who support his stated values. If he does, he should indicate in the bio page that his political preference does not influence his views. This is the only way to keep from engaging in the Un-American practices of endorsing political candidates based on their ideology. We should make clear that political candidates need to adhere to a set of standards. Otherwise, we allow corruption to take hold in our democracy.
The bio section of Jorge Garcia’s Boston College article talks about social change and how it is “our responsibility to make change and to be the ones to change ourselves. We must be the ones to change our own minds. And the only way to do that is to let go of old ideas and the ones that are popularly held. “What this means is that Garcia is concerned about the change in his community, but it is no different from his approach to other types of change. He needs to be clear about what he believes in, but he also needs to make sure that he does not engage in partisan advocacy or political speech.