I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation – not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. But it also comes from my own American story. But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. Not with so much work to be done.
I’d been inspired by the civil rights movement – by all the clear-eyed, straight-backed, courageous young people who’d boarded buses and traveled down South to march and sit at lunch counters, and lay down their lives in some cases for freedom.