Interesting that Rachel Maddow did not find a way to note that Daniel Hernandez is openly gay. Does his sexual orientation and ethnicity matter? Yes, says Salon.com. Indeed, consider that Arizona does not have workplace protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity and, as almost everyone knows, Arizona has the infamous "papers please" law where law enforcement can ask anyone for proof of citizenship if they suspect that person might be undocumented. Many Latinos have left Arizona as a result.
But Rachel's essay on heroism is on point: we do look to heroes for clues on how we might behave. And her interview with 20 year old Daniel Hernandez is also enchanting.