He’s been doing a lot of interviews lately, and it’s interesting how each one differs based on the interviewers approach. Moyers begins with the election and touches on several issues from the popular media, including Bill O’Reilly’s rant….
[Diaz:] .. there is an enormous gap between the way the country presents itself and imagines itself and projects itself and the reality of this country. Whether we’re talking about the Latino community in North Carolina. Whether we’re talking about a very active and I think in some ways very out queer community across the United States. Or whether we’re talking about an enormous body of young voters who are either ignored or sort of pandered to or in some ways, you know, kind of distorted, I think that what we’re having is a new country emerging that’s been in the making for a long time, and that in different regions we’ve already seen its face. But I think for the first time sort of revealed itself more fully to the entire country.
BILL MOYERS: Are there no honest mirrors reflecting back to us what you just talked about?
JUNOT DÍAZ: Sure. But, you know, you’ve got to really be interested in that. And sometimes your mindset, you know, doesn’t allow you to see it. I mean, how many people do I know who work in a building where every single person who makes that building possible is Latino, you know? And yet, when you ask them, “Do you know any Latinos?” they’re like, “Nah, really, the Latino community’s growing?” And yet everybody that holds the door, all the way up to the guys who run the mechanical systems in the building. And so, of course, I do think that there’s already for some folks that old story that we’ve been carrying about ourselves that gets reinforced every day in the news and every day on television, in the movies, and even in the culture of books, that old story is tenacious. And it’s hard to kind of move that enormous boulder in a new direction.