Now this is a way to make an upfront presentation interesting: In addition to its programming pitches and celebrity appearances, Univision brought out former President Bill Clinton, who preached the benefits of diversity and “radical inclusion” during a 15-minute interview with Alicia Menendez — an anchor at Fusion, the company’s joint venture with ABC.
Where businesses and governments reach out and promote equality “good things are happening….This is not rocket science.” The Hispanic market, he says, has $1.2 trillion in buying power and is “highly diverse” as populations from Puerto Rico and Central America grow in proportion to those from Mexico.
What’s more, Hispanic buying power is growing at twice the rate as the rest of the population. “If I were an advertiser I’d study the demographic patterns,” Clinton says. “It’s an entirely different world today” than it was when he was president.
He called for providing immigrants with a clear path to citizenship. “Anything that increases business formation, employment and raises wages – which the legalization of immigrants would do….would make our economy more prosperous and reduce poverty.”
He noted that at a time of widespread protests of police-related deaths in Ferguson and Staten Island, an incident in Los Angeles was barely mentioned — largely because the matter was turned over to diverse decision makers. “I don’t mean we should eliminate disagreements…But in the end we should have our arguments in a way that benefits everybody.”
The former president says that he worries about the Middle East if “people who want to kill their way to the top will be able to bring down vulnerable countries.” If Lebanon or Jordan fail because they’ve been taking in refugees from Syria, “it would be a very bad thing for us.” He also fears the long term impact of climate change on water and food supplies.
But he’s ultimately “on balance optimistic about future…Every country, every company, every person needs to be in the future business” where “cooperation is a better model than conflict.”