As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, a rainbow of constituents from across the country are gathering in Charlotte – a stark contrast from the overwhelmingly white Republican convention in Tampa.

When the network television cameras pan the packed convention hall in Charlotte, viewers get an instant sense of America’s racial demographics and its expanding multicultural community: African-Americans, Hispanics, whites, Asians, Arab-Americans, Muslims— or as former New York Mayor David Dinkins once called it:  “a gorgeous mosaic.”

And what a powerful image on Wednesday evening: First Lady Michelle Obama, the first African-American First Lady, standing on the convention stage before a cheering multi-racial crowd that chanted its support for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid for the White House.

“Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” Michelle Obama said. “He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.  Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it. And he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”

Michelle Obama practiced what she preached on Wednesday by reaching out to a diverse group of constituents during the Democratic National Convention: In separate appearances, Obama spoke to the African American Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus, the LGBT Caucus and the Women’s Caucus in an effort to mobilize an array of Democratic voters and citizens of color.

"And we, with our diversity and our differences, are all in this together. Let me be clear: when I say, "We," I am not just talking about black people," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, (D-MO) Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in his address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

"When I say, "We," I am not just talking about people of color," Cleaver said. "When I say, "We," I am not just talking about Democrats. When I say, "We," I am talking about all of America: Americans who can barely afford to make ends meet; Americans who employ thousands and create jobs; Americans who are in K-12, college, grad school, and professional school; Americans of all walks of life. We mean us—Americans! Proud Americans!"

This week in Charlotte, Democrats are also using their prime-time convention to showcase issues that matter to African-Americans and people of color. (By the way, two Republicans in Tampa last week offered their version of diversity outreach by throwing peanuts at a black CNN camera operator, Patricia Carroll, while shouting: “This is what we feed animals.”)

So here are two significant initiatives that emerged from the Democratic National Convention this week – initiatives that Republicans would probably never promote.

•       The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation released “Challenge the Status Quo: Academic Success among School-age African American Males,” on Wednesday. The new report examines a comprehensive strategy to ensure equitable resources, college and career readiness, and fair discipline practices for school-aged black males. The study challenges conventional wisdom on educating black males and uses national data to provide a picture of a productive school environment.

•       Earlier this week, the Respect My Vote! Town Hall drew a large multi-racial crowd of young voters who learned how to protect their vote and organize their communities to turn out in the November elections. The national, nonpartisan conveners, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Election Protection Coalition, Hip Hop Caucus, BET Networks, and the Charlotte School of Law, hosted a Town Hall between the RNC and the DNC Conventions, to show that young voters, voters of color, and others including elderly and disabled person are being targeted by voter suppression efforts to prevent them from voting in November.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign says it will be the first political campaign in history to accept small-dollar donations through text messages.

Obama supporters with mobile phones will now be able to text “GIVE” to 62262, the campaign’s text short code, to quickly make small contributions, not exceeding $50 during any billing cycle for most carriers.

The service has already started for Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular customers, and with other carriers, including AT&T, anticipated to approve in the near future. Text message contributors will see their donations charged to a given month’s wireless bill.

Democratic leaders are keenly aware that since the black unemployment rate remains at an unacceptable 14.1 percent, many African-Americans cannot afford to donate as much money to Obama as they did in 2008. Still, the Obama campaign is focused on soliciting small donations to make it easier on folks who want to contribute something.

“Grassroots giving is powering this campaign,” said Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina. “Since April 2011, more than 2.7 million people have pitched in to own a piece of the President’s campaign, and last month 98 percent of donors gave less than $250. Accepting small donations by text message will help us engage even more grassroots supporters who want to play a role by donating whatever they can afford to the campaign – and get the President re-elected in November.”


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6 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: DNC Is a Stark Contrast From RNC

  1. wth2012 on said:

    Complaining and whining is part of the problem and NOT the solution. What are you doing for your community???

    Make no mistake about it…there are a lot of WHITE folks worse off then these black folks you are speaking about.

  2. Folks,after reading this article you should be convinced that those red necks are determined to fire President Obama despite his record.We’ve seen this before folks.We’re the last hired and the first fired.But, we should make every effort to not let this happen,again.So,on Nov 6.Get your butts outta bed.Put on some decent clothes.Drive,walk,thumb a ride,skateboard,run to those polls and use your million dollar VOTE.The red necks are spending millions to keep us in bed, Sleeping..So,wake your azzes up!

  3. SaveOurFuture on said:

    Obamacare – Obamanation – Obamahood: Mitt Romney the devout Mormon, may have lowered his standards to win this Presidental election. For decades The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – The Mormons and its faithful church members have taken a strong, and very vocal unalterable stance against gambling in any form including lotteries, sweepstakes, racetracks, and casinos. Sheldon Adelson (CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Venetian Macao Ltd.) son of a Ukranian Jewish immigrant (also financier of Romney’s recent visit to Isreal), and his wife recently gave $10 million to the pro-Romney super PAC named Restore Our Future. Adelson the Las Vegas casino magnate has pledged to spend $100 million to defeat Obama. Adelson’s very large contributions can easily make Romney a shoe in for the President of the United States. It will probably be after Romney officially wins the GOP nomination at the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida in August 2012 that the American public can expect this Super PAC money to be spent in massive negative campaign ads against Obama.

  4. Well said Cottman, but you missed one very crucial point. Sure with all the multi-cultural crowds and the “rainbow of constituents”, and all the speeches. The Real questions to ask are, with having a Black POTUS for 4 years, why are Black Americans still last in America. The Whites, The Hispanics, Asians, Arab Americans, all these groups of people are way ahead of a poverty stricken race of people that have been severely been taken advantage of and left behind. And in that “Glowing Rainbow” you speak of, Black Americans still have the highest unemployment rate of all of them. Speeches, Promises, Failures. All this so-called group of Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims in Charlotte joined together. But the reality is after that joyful 3 days, Blacks go back to their poverty stricken communities with nothing but Hyped memories. Just because there are only a handful of Black faces in the crowd at the Repub convention, don’t mean that the many Black faces are that much better at the Dems convention. 3 days of Kumbaya celebration and Hyped talk, don’t compare to 365 days of NO JOBS, NO BENEFITS, Living in POVERTY for the average Black American. The Dems has joined in what they call Unity, but has Shamefully FAILED on DELIVERING. Black folks what is the difference between a White Dem and a White Repub. I see these words of rednecks, and them and us. Don’t be fooled folks, you are a Negro to a White Dem just like you are a Negro to a White Repub. Politics sometimes UNITE, but Reality always in this America, SEPARATES.

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