Thursday, March 26, 2009

FLOTUS Definitely Not Racist

Ahhh Michelle Obama, the picture of class, elegance and style.... but definitely not a racist.
Black Voices blog-
"Early during the last presidential campaign, many wondered if biracial Barack Obama was black enough. Then after the flap over Rev. Jeremiah Wright, folks wondered if perhaps he was too black. Meanwhile, the conservative blogosphere was abuzz with the rumor that there was a secret video of Michelle Obama referring to Caucasians as "whitey." Now there's debate over whether New York magazine retouched a recent cover illustration of her to make her look lighter, more white."
More recently we heard this from the not racist FLOTUS.

"I remember there were kids around my [Chicago] neighborhood who would say, 'Ooh, you talk funny. You talk like a white girl,'"- Michelle Obama to a group of High School kids.

Back last June Katherine Berry at Pajamas Media wrote...
Maureen Dowd fears Michele Obama will be tagged an "angry black woman." With good reason.

From Katherine's article...
Michelle Obama is a woman who has clearly lived her life proud of her racial identity and what she claims are humble roots. “I was raised in a working-class family on the south Side of Chicago. That’s how I identify myself, a working-class girl,” she’s said of her childhood. And it’s that identity which she’s chosen to hold on to, despite recollections of childhood friends that she lived a middle-class life with a stay-at-home mother and a father on a city employee’s salary which, after overtime, came to $42,686. By way of contrast: in 1975, when Michelle was 11 years old, the U.S. Census shows that the median income for a family in the U.S. was $13,720, and poverty level for a non-farm family of 4 was $5,500. Her family income hardly reflects the “plight” of lower-class black families.

With Michelle Obama, you see, it’s not all about what race a person is. It’s about what race they are not. As Mrs. Obama has made clear, it’s not really about other people’s whiteness. It’s about how white people don’t share what she calls her “blackness,” a distinction she made it her mission to examine.

Her senior thesis at Princeton University analyzed that very subject as she sought to examine “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community”. (Mrs. Obama’s thesis, written under her maiden name of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, has been temporarily withdrawn from the stacks at Princeton’s library until the day after the presidential election. A copy is available here.)

The purpose of her thesis was to examine how her fellow black students perceived their own “blackness” after attending “predominantly White universities like Princeton [that] are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the White students comprising the bulk of their enrollments.” Her hypothesis? That the more time black students spend around other blacks, “the more positive and compassionate they will be in their attitudes toward lower class Black Americans”. Or, to rephrase her hypothesis: if highly-educated blacks look down on lower-income black Americans it’s the fault of whites and their white institutions like Princeton.

Yet, out of a sample of 400 black students surveyed, only a mere 22% bothered to respond to her questions. When the data demonstrated that the more separatist blacks became the more hopeless they felt, and the more integrated they became the less hopeless they felt, she dismissed the findings, calling it “very weak.”

My speculation for this finding is based on the possibility that a separationist is more likely to have a realistic impression of the plight of the Black lower class because of the likelihood that a separationist is more closely associated with the Black lower class than are integrationist.”

In other words, those in favor of integration, of having friends of both races and experiencing both black and white culture just weren’t “black enough” in her views.- end

Michelle Obama... Racist? C'mon, get out of here.


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