History is made early on as the Democratic Convention comes underway

By Amontae Arnold, Georgia State University Freelance Writer


PHILADELPHIA — Hilary Clinton made history Tuesday night by becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party. Clinton received the nomination after her rival, Bernie Sanders, gave his support and cancelled the roll call vote.

The convention got off to a turbulent start on Monday as competing chants of “Bernie” and “Hillary” broke out as states announced their votes. Larry Sanders, the brother of Bernie Sanders, spoke emotionally of his brother and their family when the Democrats announced their tally. During the roll call of states, Clinton was successfully able to secure the [2,383 delegate] votes she needed to win the Democratic party’s nomination as reported in ABC News. Sanders, who was the runner up, appeared on the convention floor at the end of the process to ask that Clinton be declared the official nominee, which prompted cheers from the crowd. Shortly after, Clinton (who was not there physically) sent out a video via her Twitter which acknowledged Sanders’ remarks with the quote “Stronger Together.”

Robby Mook, [Clinton’s campaign manager], stated that Tuesday night’s programming is designed to serve as a reminder of sorts about the former secretary of state’s long public service career. As Tuesday followed, the convention began with a long personal recount of Hilary Clinton’s life by her husband and former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.

“She’s the best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life,” he stated. “This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo on anything. She always wants to move the ball forward. That’s just who she is.”

The former president was shortly after followed by the likes of actress Meryl Streep, America Ferrera, Lena Dunham, and Madeline Albright.

As observed by The New York Times, a major source of support for Clinton’s presidential campaign is the “Mothers of the Movement,” a group that consists of women who are the mother’s of the un-armed black individuals who have been killed by police.

“I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names,” said Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland. “She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss. It’s a personal loss. It’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us.”

The Democratic convention rivals the Republican convention which took place in Cleveland, Ohio last Monday where Donald Trump was nominated as the official presidential candidate for the Republican party. Although trump was not there physically, he was mentioned by the likes of Lena Dunham and America Ferrera of [Mexican-American descent] who like many others, were not happy with the words of Trump as noted in the New York Times, especially in regards to presidential candidate Hilary Clinton. Something they took the opportunity to express during the second day of the convention.

“Hi, I’m Lena Dunham, and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably like a two.”

“And I’m America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.”

Despite Trump’s messages to the GOP, the nation’s disparities are not greater than what links it. As Ms. Ferrera went on to say, “the vast majority of us, we cannot afford to see his vision of America come to be.”

Hilary Clinton, along with her daughter, Chelsea, are scheduled to address the convention Thursday, when she formally accepts the nomination.