DNC Day 1
The first thing that struck me about the convention was the DNC’s summary of the diversity of the delegates. On every newscast covering the convention, it was noted that:
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We have lamented over and again that the face of leadership, politics, business, and other institutions does not reflect the actual makeup of our population. Even at the convention, the majority of the key speakers in prime time were still White men, (Clinton and Obama being the notable exceptions). But, if leadership evolves from the ranks of the institution, the above statistics clearly indicates that the old order cannot long endure. This is a microcosm of our society. What caused the diversity mix to be so broad at the DNC? Was there a deliberate effort on their part to recruit a more diverse mix? Or, is it that the natural order of things produced this mix of elected delegates and the DNC simply had to say, “sure, come on in. You can play”.
Again, we will see that necessity and evolution will produce change that never yielded to entreaty (translation, don’t force the mix, let it evolve naturally. But be prepared to welcome it when it comes).
America will never return to the days when white, non-Hispanic, heterosexual, able-bodied men will dominate the numbers or the agenda. Some may lament that fact and try to resist the inevitable. Of course, the healthier response would be to “get use to it”.