Donovan Livingston and Alix Idrache are two men that have taken the internet by storm in the last week. Their stories are incredibly similar, yet the character of the two men could not be more opposite.
Mr. Livingston is a recent graduate from Harvard University and has made waves across the internet with his graduation speech. You see, Livingston did not perform what would be considered the “normal” type of speech, instead he chose to do it in spoken word.
Livingston took to the podium and politicized the entire thing!
Ironically, Livingston, a recent Harvard grad and living in a time where black people have more advantages than anyone could ever imagine, spoke of racism, slavery and the hurdles black people must face in order to get an education.
“I am the strange fruit that grew too ripe for the poplar tree,” he declared. “I am a DREAM Act, dream deferred incarnate. I am a movement – an amalgam of memories America would care to forget my past, alone won’t allow me to sit still. So my body, like the mind, cannot be contained.”
“For generations we have known of knowledge’s infinite power,” Livingston continued. “Yet somehow, we’ve never questioned the keeper of the keys – the guardians of information.” This of course, insinuating that black people have to work harder than the rest because their potential has been locked down.
You can apparently educate a person, but character isn’t something that is given to you in a classroom.
On the other side of the coin, we have Alix Idrache, someone who, unlike Livingston, quite literally beat all odds and has gone on to graduate from West Point and became a United States Army second lieutenant.
Idrache, seen here with tears of joy streaming down his face, is a Hatian immigrant who lived in total poverty until coming to the United States. Idrache, a person who truly beat all odds, is not standing there with a smirk or arrogant look. He stands with pride and honor, knowing what it is like to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Idrache wrote this Facebook status…. In truly inspiring fashion…
“I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments. I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth.”
He also wrote this on the Academy’s Instagram…
“Three things came to mind and led to those tears,” he continued. “The first is where I started. I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me. The second is where I am. Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath…”
“The third is my future. Shortly after leave, I will report to Ft. Rucker to start flight school. Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words. I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading their all these men and women who are willing to give to preserve what we value as the American way of life. To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you.”
Alix Idrache has taught a lesson to us all about honor, dignity and character. I am proud to have him as part of our society and our great armed forces.