Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Diversity in the Democratic convention

Clinton supporter, actress Eva Longoria, gave a short speech on Monday night, schooling Donald Trump on his attitude toward Mexicans.  This Latina woman from Texas spoke about being an 11th generation American.   "I’m from a small town in South Texas and if you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico.  Now, I’m ninth generation American. My family never crossed a border, the border crossed us.”  In other words, her family lived in what is now Texas when it was still part of Mexico.   Doesn't that put a little different perspective to all the protectionism and isolationism and denigrating of our neighbors in Mexico?

Longoria then introduced Sen. Corey Booker, pointing out the Democratic diversity:   a Latina woman from Texas introducing the first black senator from New Jersey, to speak on behalf of the first woman for president.    We could add: "who will be replacing the first black president."  And the person who introduced Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday night was the first Muslim elected to Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).    Such a difference from the sea of white faces we saw at last week's Republican convention.


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