I went to Susan Rice’s lecture yesterday. Susan Rice is an American public official who served as the 24th U.S. National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017, and the lecture was based on her new book, Tough Love.
She first talked about her family story, about the different background of her parents and their similar experience in this country. The part that impressed me most was when she said her dad was questioning why black people and people of colour need to show white people what they can achieve to actually prove their worth. Why they are not believed to be as talented as the racial dominant group. That was back in the 1920s or 1930s, if I’m not wrong, but same issue still exists today, in 2020. In many cases we still need to work extra hard to prove that we are as good as white people. That made me think back to our past unit in Humes, and that remains a question, that what can we do now to improve this. It is important how history took place, but it is more important how we improve today’s social justice and equality.
Another part that impressed me a lot was when she was talking about some political issues, and how she dealt with the difference of political stand in her home. She said even though we have so many differences, it is not the differences that make us apart, but the similarities that bond us together. I love that sentence so much—even with so many differences and controversies, we are all human beings and we share the bodily feelings, and that is what bond us together. We should look more at the bonds between us, instead of trying to find the differences, or we can never work together to a better world.