I think that there are few other cities in America
that present such a striking example
of what happens when a city and a people
have a big, bold, and inclusive vision of what they want to become.
If you go back just a few years
and look at Birmingham Alabama around the early 1960s
and Atlanta, Georgia
实际上 当时的伯明翰有着更好 更有活力的经济
Birmingham actually had a bigger, more dynamic economy
and really should have gone on to be the center of the economy
and the business center in the Southeast
because of the steel industry.
But they also had a governor named George Wallace
and they had a police chief named Bull Bull Connor.
At about the exact same time, Atlanta had a mayor named Ivan Allen
who testified in favor of the Civil Rights Act a governor named Carl Sanders
then later a governor named Jimmy Carter that had a different view
of what our city could be and what the South could be
Without disparaging the City of Birmingham in any way,
if you fast forward 40, 50 years
later to where we are today, the City of Atlanta and the metropolitan region’s economy
is about three times the size of the economy of the City of Birmingham and their metro.
And I believe that that is because we had a bigger, bolder, more inclusive vision of
更宏大 更无畏 更包容的愿景
what we wanted our city to be.
we had men like dr. Martin Luther King jr. and women like
mrs. Juanita Abernathy and mrs.
Mrs. Coretta Scott King, men like Reverend Joseph Lowery, men like Ambassador Andrew
Young, Congressman John Lewis, people that set our city on a different path.
Men like Robert Woodruff, the CEO of Coca-Cola, who hosted the first integrated dinner in
the City of Atlanta to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.
The issues that we face today I don’t believe are much different.
That’s why we have a welcoming initiative in the City of Atlanta to embrace foreign-born
citizens and immigrants.
We have the second-fastest foreign-born population by percentage on the Eastern seaboard, and
we have a level of economic prosperity in our city and our region that is almost unmatched
in the Southeastern region of the United States.
所以我认为道理很简单 如果你让一个社区关闭 这是狭隘的
And so I think the message is simple: if you have a community that is closed, that is bigoted,
that is racist, that tries to present people who should be a part of your community as
成为“别人” 那么不管从长期或者短期来说 你都会付出高昂的道德代价
“other”, in the long-term and the short-term you will pay a very high moral price, but
I think you’re paying an even higher economic price.
So right now there is a struggle in America about
What we have to do is to break through this fever.
We are on different ground, but we’re not on entirely new ground.
There has always been times in our country where there was a fight for what we wanted
the direction of our country to be.
The best version of America is worth it.
值得有最宏大 最无畏 最包容的愿景
A big, bold, inclusive vision of America is worth it.
But as President John F. Kennedy once said, “Things don’t just happen, things are
made to happen.”
So if you believe in that big inclusive version of America, that America where you get to
come and be who you are and love who you love
and pursue the dreams that you want to achieve
and have a fair shot and a fair shake
regardless of your ZIP Code or place of birth, you’ve
got to get out here and you’ve got to fight for it, because things don’t just happen,
things are made to happen.