I think both parties liked Rice’s speech at the convention Wednesday night. Even liberals were complimentary.
I think most of us like stories of how people overcome obstacles and achieve success like she did. She obviously had a tough time as a black girl growing up in the south and some would say being a woman too. But she pressed on, got an education and the rest is history.
Some others spoke too, Hispanics, blacks and others who told their stories of how they made it despite having a difficult start in life. I know I was inspired by each story!
Obama also has such a story, maybe even bigger and better. By all accounts he had it tough; divorced parents, raised by grandchildren and also being part black. But he did the same thing, got an education and went on to be President of the United States! No matter what anyone thinks of him, that is an accomplishment!
But their conclusions are different. The conservative people praise America and the opportunity it has if they take advantage of all it has to offer. Obama doesn’t; he is stuck on the pessimistic side of the issue, that social injustice holds folks back. Given his success that surprises me and disappoints me. I wish he would send the message to all the black kids as well as others that they can have success if they follow his example! He could be the most powerful leader of these young people ever if he would do that.
He himself could have been a “victim” too, but he obviously chose not to be one. An optimistic approach would help folks much more than telling millions they are victims!
That would be great hope and change!