I am white, 63, and grew up in a southern plains state. As a child, I saw water fountains and bathrooms labeled "white" and "colored." At the movies, people of color had to sit in the balcony while I sat on the main floor. I didn't understand why, but it felt very wrong. That childhood experience planted a seed of empathy that grew throughout my life.
In a recent letter, the author says that a "cool factor" among young people led to "our first African-American president" and he expresses a fear this same "cool factor" will lead to Hillary Clinton's selection as president. Sir, you minimize the thoughtfulness and intelligence of young people who voted for President Obama. I voted for him because I believe in him. But I am also grateful that in my lifetime, the discrimination I witnessed as a child has been replaced to some extent with his election as president.
And if Hillary chooses to run, I will vote for her. She is widely respected around the world and for good reason, including supporting the rights and well-being of women and children everywhere. If she becomes our first woman president, she, too, will shatter concretized beliefs that have been in place for far too long.
Not all young people will vote for her if she runs. But for those that do, I am convinced their votes will come from the heart and not from a desire to be part of a "cool factor."