This speech is just incredible. It actually made me weepy at the end. The whole experience question gets turned on its head when you listen to Barack Obama talk about his life experiences, and his awareness of the racism mixed with the love all around him as he grew up. Here is a man whose life experience can bring a different understanding to the world.
A small sample from the speech:
I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton’s Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners – an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.
For a full transcript of the speech, go here.