By Collier Meyerson
The Democratic National Convention is mimicking last week’s Republican National Convention in certain ways. Like the schedule: speech, speech, speech, performance, speech speech. And also the sartorial choices of convention goers: weird hats, signs, American flag paraphernalia. But that’s about as far similarities go. From the first night, it was already clear that the attendees and speakers at the DNC’s inaugural night looked a whole lot different than the ones at the RNC.
On Monday alone, America encountered disability rights advocate Anastasia Samosa, ninth generation Mexican-American actress Eva Longoria, and undocumented immigrant and DREAMer Astrid Silva. (And those women weren’t even the evening’s headliners.) Cameras panning across the convention hall showed not just one or two black and Latino faces in a sea of white ones, like at the RNC, but a crowd that looks a lot more like America does: diverse. Essentially, we’re being given two distinct version of America: last week we saw its past, and this week we’re seeing its future.
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