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:
The report is one thing. Reality is another. So, I was careful to “observe” that the optics of the convention actually matched the statistics that were being proffered. There is a message here. And, it is not that the Democrats are unusually progressive. It is that diversity is, as I have predicted for twenty years, becoming an ever-increasing fact of national life. And the trend is not about to reverse itself.
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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”.