Michelle Obama made this election about something much bigger than Clinton versus Trump

In Michelle Obama’s speech before the Democratic National Convention, she talked about her place in history as the first black mother in the White House:

“[This] is the story that has brought me to this stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done — so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

It was a beautiful moment, reminding America of its dark history and how far it has come.

It also helped make the real point of Michelle Obama’s address very, very clear: It was a speech about how the president sets the tone for the nation — and whether you want someone with Donald Trump’s spiteful, cruel personality as the role model your children look up to.

This was a speech about why the Obamas mattered — what they meant for America, and especially to its black community. It was a speech about what it would be like to be given the choice to replace the first black president with the first woman — and instead choose someone best known for racism, misogyny, and personal cruelty.

That’s what made the speech so powerful. It framed the election as a choice not between people — but between the best parts of American history and the worst.

Bernie Sanders Complete Endorsement: Hillary Clinton Understands, Only Option to Stop Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders made his case for Hillary Clinton, she is the only option to stop Donald Trump. His speech consisted of an issue by issue comparison of the two candidates and Sanders attempted to show how Clinton is better for the movement he helped create. He laid it all out, but it isn’t at all clear his supporters will follow.

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Schools Are Failing To Develop Students With Moral Identities
The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom.
By Paul Barnwell

A few months ago, I presented the following scenario to my junior English students: Your boyfriend or girlfriend has committed a felony, during which other people were badly harmed. Should you or should you not turn him or her into the police?

The class immediately erupted with commentary. It was obvious, they said, that loyalty was paramount—not a single student said they’d “snitch.” They were unequivocally unconcerned about who was harmed in this hypothetical scenario. This troubled me.  

This discussion was part of an introduction to an essay assignment about whether Americans should pay more for ethically produced food. We continued discussing other dilemmas, and the kids were more engaged that they’d been in weeks, grappling with big questions about values, character, and right versus wrong as I attempted to expand their thinking about who and what is affected—and why it matters—by their caloric choices.

I was satisfied that students were clearly thinking about tough issues, but unsettled by their lack of experience considering their own values. “Do you think you should discuss morality and ethics more often in school?” I asked the class. The vast majority of heads nodded in agreement. Engaging in this type of discourse, it seemed, was a mostly foreign concept for the kids…

I think there’re gonna be kids that are growing up, that are gonna be like 16 years old, and they’re gonna think to themselves when the next time a white guy is elected to the presidency, they’re gonna think to themselves, ‘Wait – I thought only women and black guys could do that job.’
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On Hillary Clinton’s nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate, following eight years of an Obama administration, New Jersey senator CORY BOOKER

(via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

Elizabeth Banks called back to Donald Trump’s RNC entrance as she took the stage at the DNC.

Banks went on to mock the Republican National Convention, comparing it to her role in The Hunger Games.

“Some of you know me from The Hunger Games, in which I play Effie Trinket — a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia,” she said. “So when I tuned in to Cleveland last week, I was like, ‘Hey, that’s my act.’”