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  • That is the power of our differences  to make us smarter and more creative.?  

  • And that is how all those infusions of new  cultures and ideas, generation after generation,  

  • created the matchless alchemy of our melting  pot and helped us build the strongest,  

  • most vibrant, most prosperous  nation on the planet, right here.?  

  • But unfortunately, graduates, despite the lessons  of our history and the truth of your experience  

  • here at City College, some folks out there today  seem to have a very different perspective.?  

  • They seem to view our diversity as a threat to be  contained rather than as a resource to be tapped.?  

  • They tell us to be afraid  of those who are different,  

  • to be suspicious of those with whom we disagree.?  They act as if name-calling is an acceptable  

  • substitute for thoughtful debate, as if anger  and intolerance should be our default state  

  • rather than the optimism and openness that  have always been the engine of our progress.  

  • But, graduates, I can tell you, as First Lady,  I have had the privilege of traveling around the  

  • world and visiting dozens of different countriesand I have seen what happens when ideas like these  

  • take hold.? I have seen how leaders who rule  by intimidation V- leaders who demonize and  

  • dehumanize entire groups of people V- often do  so because they have nothing else to offer.?  

  • And I have seen how places that stifle the  voices and dismiss the potential of their  

  • citizens are diminished; how they are  less vital, less hopeful, less free.  

  • Graduates, that is not who we are.? That  is not what this country stands for.?  

  • No, here in America, we don t let our  differences tear us apart.? Not here.?  

  • Because we know that our greatness comes  when we appreciate each other s strengths,  

  • when we learn from each other, when we lean  on each other.? Because in this country,  

  • it s never been each person for themselves.? Nowe re all in this together.? We always have been.

That is the power of our differences  to make us smarter and more creative.?  


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