Question 1. You are invited to attend a convention and you have no idea "who" will be in attendance.
As you approach the arena you can hear cheering coming from inside. As you walk closer and closer to the door the sound and chants become louder and louder. There are double doors for you to walk through. You're a bit nervous as your hand reaches for the handle to open the door, but you fight through your nerves and swing open the doors. Your seat is smack dab in the center of all of these people.
As you make your way down to the front where your seat is, you look around and see no one in the room looks like you. There is a sea of faces that are not of your ancestry for sure. They turn and stare as you make your way to your seat....offering up your "Excuse me....Excuse me....." as you pass awkwardly to your seat.
You finally are seated and look around and realize you are the only ______— in the room. Be honest, don't censor your thoughts, how do you feel?
Question 2. You and your small child approach a playground. On one side of the playground there is a group of children playing and they look like your child. Same race and ethnicity. Playing and having a great time. On the other side of the playground there is another grop of children playing. It is diverse. All shades of ethnicity's. Some disabled. Different religions based on their respective religious garb. Each child full of smiles and joy.
Your child looks up at you and asks "Can I go and play?" Again, don't censor your thoughts and speak from a place of political correctness, what is your gut feeling in these instances.
How you answer these questions speaks volumes about your comfort of diversity and inclusiveness.
I have listened and read countless comments from those that consider themselves to be "right leaning" that are outraged at the mere assumption they may be racist. Even though their words against Barack Obama and his family speak to their hatred, they insist that their opposition has nothing to do with race, but is instead more about policy differences.
I watched the RNC and DNC conventions carefully. I looked at the crowds. I listened to the words.
If I walked into the convention hall, would the RNC welcome me? Would I "feel" welcome? Would I feel a sense of community and inclusiveness? I dare to say the emotions and comfort level I would feel in walking into the RNC gathering would be very different than that of the DNC.
Do the Republicans understand that when people like me accuse them of only speaking to a certain segment of America, THIS, their convention is what we are talking about? The DNC represents what America looks like. America is White and Black, Latino and Asian, Native American and Indian, Gay and Straight, young and old, disabled, rich, middle class and poor. Students, blue collar and white collar workers, unemployed and employed. Business owners, scholars, entrepreneurs, women, men. Christians, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Atheist and Agnostic. Soldiers and veterans, moms and dads.
When Romney and Ryan spoke at their convention, did this stark difference register for them? As they looked out over the sea of White faces, did the lack of diversity even matter to them?
By contrast, what did Barack Obama and Biden see as they spoke? They saw America.
Look closely at the photos above......which audience would you rather be a part of? Your answer will say more about how you view America and your vision of it than you may think.