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Holy Crap, Tim Kaine Just Killed It In His First Speech With Clinton

He spoke Spanish to the cheering crowds and delivered a healthy dose of humility in a diseased election year. In other words, Tim Kaine just took America by storm. “>

Holy crap. He killed it.

Im not trying to spin you. Im sitting here in shock. Shock. Tim Kaine was unbelievable.

He was natural. He was smart. He was relaxed and funny, and he was serious. He was proud of himself and his wife and family but never arrogant. He was humble without ever being cloying in that way the politically humble can often be. He was genuine. He was unbelievable.

 

And part of the way through, this thought struck me: He is the perfect choice for her because he comes across as so at ease and so real. These are two things, as we know, that Hillary Clinton has a lot of trouble with. Shes too scripted, shes a phony, all that stuff. Kaine was just so easy-breezy, so comfortable with himself and in this role, that he has the potential to wash away a decent chunk of that negativity about her.

How can I sum up the speech? Oh, he attacked Donald Trump here and there, including a funny hit on him about his tax returns (raise your hand if you think those returns are going to show that he paid his fair share). He made sure to cover his progressive bona fides and was great in the way he relayed his biographyhis civil-rights law work, his time in Honduras, his dedication to education and integration.

He did a wonderful job of communicating his valuesmy creed, he said, was do all the good you can. He had a couple powerful serious moments, notably when he talked about the Virginia Tech massacre, which happened while he was governor, telling the story of one professor whod come to the United States from central Europe many years ago. Can you imagine, he asked; a man who could survive the Holocaust? Who could survive the Soviet takeover of his country? But who fell victim to the horror of American gun violence because he blocked the door and told his students to go out the window?

He spoke just enough Spanish (and yes, hes fluent all right), saying that he and Clinton will be compaeros del almacompanions of the soul. And the way he talked about Clinton was fantastic and really smart. Most Americans arent really associating Clinton with the word character right about now, but Kaine went at thatcharacter, he said, is commitment to a set of issues and goals over the course of ones life, even as one faces constant attack.

But the most important thing about the speech wasnt any of these things. It was the vision for the country embedded within it. If Kaine made a convincing case Saturday afternoon that hes a perfect companion to Clinton, he made an even stronger case that he represents the antidote to savage Trumpism and Uriah Heep-grim Pence-ism. Yes, there are problems in the country and world, obviously. But we dont confront them by insulting people and pumping fear into people and calling our military a disaster and trying to pass severe discrimination laws. We confront them by heeding the words of Harry Truman: America was not built on fear. It was built on courage, imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

And he did it all without an ounce of ego. That maybe was what was most refreshing of all.

I was following my Twitter feed, and about 10 minutes into the 40-odd minute speech, I noticed people started tweeting: Hey, uh, this is pretty good. Wow, that was nice! Man, that was good too! Holy crap, this guy is killing it! How did we not know this?

Tommy Vietor, former Obama foreign-policy aide:

 

Blake Hounshell, an editor at Politico:

 

David Axelrod, whose Hillary-related tweets havent always been very friendly:

 

And finally, the one among those I saw that might have been the most revealing, from somebody not famous, by someone whose handle is TC:

 

Lots of people are going to like this guy. Hes a happy warrior who is clearly genuine about being of service to others and to community and country. He embodies what we all think is best about this country and what we hope still exists. It exists in Tim Kaine.

I know the political science says vice presidents dont matter. But politics is as much art as science. We just met an artist today

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/23/tim-kaine-just-killed-it-in-his-first-speech-with-clinton.html

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7 gorgeous photos of redheads that challenge the way we see race

How many non-white redheads do you know?

Think about it. Around 1-2% of the world’s population boasts natural red hair, which is caused by a genetic mutation in the melanocortin-1 receptor, or MC1R (this mutation might also explain their superpowers).

Despite making up such a small percentage of the population, most of us have the same stereotypical image in our heads when we think of redheads: light-skinned, freckled white people with curls of flaming hair and a fiery temper to match.

Aside from the obvious issue of assigning a temperament to someone based on hair color, there’s one other weird conclusion here: Why do we think that all redheads are white?

Photographer Michelle Marshall, a French-born, London-based photographer, spoke with Upworthy about the genesis of her project over email. Michelle had been working on a story for a different photo project about freckles (another common result of MC1R mutations), when one day, she spotted an adorable freckled redheaded girl and was surprised to learn that the girl was of mixed-race background.

Michelle’s initial story pitch was rejected, but she couldn’t get this idea of black and biracial redheads out of her mind. Mostly, she was just curious as artists often are.

“Portrait photography allows me to study what I like, what I see in others that may be overlooked,” she told Upworthy. “I see each portrait as a series of distraction-free frames charged with an authenticity of features, traits, mannerism, quirks, and worth.”

Here are just a few of the faces from what became Michelle’s “MC1R” photo project, along with a few thoughts from her artist statement:

“I am currently interested in documenting the incidence of the MC1R gene variant responsible for red hair and freckles, particularly amongst black/mixed raced individuals of all ages.”

“Whilst there there may be an underlying Irish/Scottish connection to the MCR1 gene in the occurrence of red hair, does being ginger really still only confine itself to being Scottish, Irish, Welsh, or even a white Caucasian individual?”

“As we struggle with issues of immigration, discrimination, and racial prejudice, Mother Nature, meanwhile, follows its own course, embracing society’s plurality and, in the process, shaking up our perceptions about origins, ethnicity, and identity.”

“Scotland may well have the highest percentage of people with red hair in the world, yet statistics haven’t really caught up and do not seem to represent everyone.”

“I wish to create compelling portraits, a visual census representing our constantly changing society.”

But above all, Michelle’s MC1R project is doing what art does best: connecting people.

As Michelle points out in her artist statement, redheads are typically associated with Irish and Scottish peoples of Celtic descent (unlike the rest of the world, a whopping 13% of Scotland is ginger). But sometimes that MC1R mutation can be passed down through generations from people of African or Caribbean descent, a detail that is likely due to the British slave trade under Cromwell (#ThanksColonialism) and has some pretty interesting implications for the ways we qualify race.

“A lot of [my photo subjects] have been feeling quite isolated,” Michelle said in an interview with Vice. “I got a message from one boy who said, ‘I didn’t realize there were so many of us’ I’ve not even shot 50 people. But the fact that he was able to see a cluster of people that matched his identify and could relate to that is quite positive.”

That’s why it’s so important that we open our eyes and celebrate the diversity in the world. Not only does it encourage us to challenge our own preconceived notions for example, by showing us that redheads don’t have to be white but it also helps those people see themselves (or helps us see ourselves) represented in the world.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/7-gorgeous-photos-of-redheads-that-challenge-the-way-we-see-race?c=tpstream