WATCH: Through his tears, Bernie Sanders’ brother casts his #DNCinPHL delegate vote for his brother: [Our parents] did not have easy lives, and they died young, but they would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him.“
“[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.
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.’
On Hillary Clinton’s nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate, following eight years of an Obama administration, New Jersey senator CORY BOOKER
On Monday night, First Lady Michelle Obama rocked the Dem convention with her subtle jabs at Donald Trump and immense praise of Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday night, President Bill Clinton walked convention attendees and viewers through Hillary’s long history of public service.
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.’”