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Even the Secret Service Couldn’t Protect Former First Lady Michelle Obama from Racism

Even the Secret Service Couldn’t Protect Former First Lady Michelle Obama from Racism

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by G. Brown

Former First Lady Michelle Obama took an opportunity to talk about the racism she endured for the eight years her husband ran the country as the first Black President. Mrs. Obama shared her thoughts during the 30th anniversary event for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

The attacks were often painful and many of them very public like the time a West Virginia county employee took to Facebook to praise the incoming Melania Trump as a First Lady of  “beauty” and “class” and compared Obama to an ape.

That horrendous post was made by Pam Taylor.  The post prompted then Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling to chime in “Just made my day Pam.”  The post and comments caused such an uproar that an online petition with more than 200,000 supporters was started. Both women ended up losing their jobs.

And there was other hateful proganda smear campaigns like YouTubers who insisted that Michelle Obama was a man or a tranny and that former President Obama was gay.  The rumor seemed to have taken off after deceased comedian Joan Rivers made some wisecrack about everybody knows she (Michelle Obama) is a tranny.  Michelle Obama was criticized for everything she did and didn’t do.   Mrs. Obama was aware of all the slander, lies and hurtful comments.  She said, “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut, Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

Even with the constant barbs of addled-minded racist who sought to destroy her, Michelle Obama left the White House as one of the most respected and influential First Ladies ever.  Ranker.com ( a site that ranks everything from best movie quotes to  worst potato chip flavors)  according to the votes of the people lists Mrs. Obama as #8 on its lists of “most loved first ladies.  She’s ahead of Barbara Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalyn Carter and Hillary Clinton.

A New York College (Siena College Research Institute) that graded the former first ladies based on categories like “value to the country”, “leadership”, courage” and “accomplishments” graded Mrs. Obama a 75.92 with the highest grade of 84.08 given to Eleanor Roosevelt.  Mrs. Obama ranked 5th in that study of First Ladies.  Why such glowing reports about Mrs. Obama? Because of all that she accomplished during her tenure.  She focused on women’s issues including launching “Let Girls Learn” a global campaign to insure girls receive equal educational opportunities. Mrs. Obama came up with the “Joining Forces” program to support veterans and service members through wellness and employment opportunities.

But no program left more of an indelible footprint than Mrs. Obama ‘s “Let’s Move!”.   During her husband’s first term, Michelle launched the program that brought parents, educators and medical experts together to fight childhood obesity.  The “Let’s Move!” effort pushed for healthier food in public schools, to get kids off the computer and outside to be more active and challenged companies to offer healthier food options for kids.  In the same year she launched the initiative, Mrs. Obama teamed up with bipartisan support to pass The School Lunch Program to provide  healthier free and reduced-price meals to more than 21-million students from low-income homes.

In her personal life, Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Princeton before going on to attain a law degree.  She has worked in corporate law, public service and is a published author.  Most would consider her an IRL(in real life) version of wonder woman except for that one glaring, unforgivable flaw of having Black skin.  In comparison, can you tell me anything that the current first lady stands for…I’ll wait.

The double standard of racism is still cutting into our reality.  Remember the big controversy over Michelle Obama’s muscular arms.  People complained that Mrs. Obama without remorse, had the audacity to show her arms in public by wearing sleeveless outfits.  In comparison, the current first lady posed for erotic, semi-nude cover shoots and the religious right declared it the beauty of God’s creation.

To most Blacks and people of color,  Mrs. Obama didn’t reveal any earth shattering news by talking about the racism she endured while in the White House.  We are already aware of what’s out there.  A few people like actor Morgan Freeman and rapper Lil’ Wayne cite their success as proof that racism no longer exists. Even in the height of slavery, some Blacks believed that ‘massa’ was kind and cared about them.

The White House years may be behind them, but the racism isn’t.  Now that discrimination and prejudiced are being encouraged by the current administration, racism is seemingly the new/old normal.

 

Comment(16)

  1. It was not just about calling her manly. It was the entire statement which includes calling her a ape in heels. Also there is the doubke stsndard that yhe writer spoke of. One first ladu literally did porn photos snd was celebrated. Michelle showed her arms and was eviscerated. Give me a break. We all know what they were saying and why. Don’t be an apologist enabler.

  2. I have been trying very hard to determine who ever told those few idiots that “racism” is of the past or dead and gone. Well, to the assholes who believe this, then they do not know what the word means. For the purpose of educating those assholes, I am stating the fact that it is not ever white person is a racist. There are quite a number of white people who will give their lives for anybody. These are the set of people the world would like to have for eternity. But because it is not possible, we are left with people like those boys who are in training if not already trained how to be racist. Their age have nothing to do with the human part of them. When I was 10 years old I save a fellow who was almost twice my age from drowning. And by I was 19, I risk my life to save another. I did not think. In fact, I had no time to think more than someone is going to die and I am going to prevent that from happening. So all those who are black and are pregnant with the idea that racism is gone in America, I am respectfully asking you to become just a little more conversant with all that is going on around you. And you can start your looking from inside the White House.

  3. I will say this for her, you hater’s want to be me, but you all can’t be me, but what you can do is.. kiss my ass..

  4. A black in America is bad for things done and things not done.White birches are damn jealous when they can’t match you.
    Obamas have done better than what you think.Sorry people

  5. I’m sorry, but saying that a woman has masculine features is NOT racism. Her efforts at making school lunches healthier created menus that many children found unpalatable, even if the meal was free or low-cost. Her ranking in the top ten of influential first ladies is simply because first ladies are taking on a more active role during their tenure in the White House, and are being covered more closely now in the press, I believe. Was she active? Sure. Was she some sort of astounding and perennial figure who will go down in history as having made some grandiose impact on society? I doubt it. The Obamas’ created a rift in this country that will take years, if not DECADES to come back from, allowing lawlessness in the form of rampant riots to occur unchecked, while opening our nations borders to allow illegal entry with little to no repercussions to offenders. For all the wars President Obama was so headstrong about pulling out of, this country now has a greater presence globally than we had 10 years ago, with more participation in combat roles. His attempts at placating serious threats to this country, rather than reacting with strength, created an atmosphere where our position as a world power was crippled, and taken advantage of by powers who then, and now, threaten our way of life and wish to destroy anyone different from them. I could care less about if someone has “class” or is “pretty” – my concern is whether someone has EFFECTIVENESS while they are in office, protecting our country, and thereby protecting our society and creating an environment where we can all grow, and flourish. No handouts because you don’t WANT to work, or feel a job at McDonalds is beneath you. If you want something in life, it’s time to get up, get out, and get to work. I’m by no means rich, or even well off, or even above the national poverty level, but I’m not afraid to work for what I want, and President Obama lied when he said he was creating “shovel-ready” jobs, or opportunities for poor folks to better themselves. He NOR his wife Michelle made an impact that pushed this country forward, and I believe their only “legacy” that will be looked upon, in years to come, will be that there can’t be a limp-wristed approach to the Presidency. Having visions without a plan to carry them out doesn’t make you great – it just makes you a person who couldn’t get things done.

    1. @ Reggie c Hi Reggie, thanks for your comments. You’re right, saying a woman has masculine features is not racist, but given the context of the story, it shows a pattern of the litany of insults meant to demean and impugn her. The story didn’t say she had “masculine features”, it quoted rumors and online videos, stories and allegations that she was a man–that’s a big difference. You don’t launch such a vindictive, personal assault from a place of love… which leaves us with hate. Rarely do we hate people we don’t know personally unless we make judgement against them based on stereotypes, color, gender etc.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Take care.

  6. Michelle Obama is a trend setter. She started the fashion trend of wearing sleeveless dresses. She was heavily criticized by white mainstream media. Watch local and network news; any white woman who thinks they are attractive wears sleeveless dresses. Terrible that Michelle Obama does not get the credit.

    1. @NBA Honestly…you’re right. I remember looking up one day and thinking ‘when did news anchors and reporters start wearing sleeveless dresses and blouses?’ Answer…after 2008 when we all saw Michelle Obama doing it.

  7. Which would you rather have, a First Lady who emphasizes exercise or a First Lady who has naked pictures on the internet?

    1. @ Shawn J I think you make a good argument Shawn J. Class is her ability to not respond to all the nonsense written and spoken about her and her husband. She truly lives up to her belief “when they aim, we go high”. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Shawn…always appreciate your insight.

  8. One thing I have found out about a certain low class of White women and men, they are highly jealous of Black women and men that are highly intelligent, high class, as well as beautiful! Excuse my language but the audacity of that ugly redneck winkled faced White bitch!! Melania can’t touch Michelle, she only has a high school diploma and the only thing she appears to be good at is showing her half naked ass in front of her husband’s airplane, having cheap clothes made in sweat shops over seas while her dumb ass husband is talking “made in America” she might speak several languages but she can barley speak English, I can’t understand a damn thing she says! She is street smart because she came over here and got an old ugly White man to marry her! Donald Trump is so jealous of Obama that he is determined to tear down any and everything this young, intelligent Black President put in place while he was President, Trump ran around all over the country trying to find out if Obama was an American including going to Hawaii trying to find his birth certificate. Trump is the worse President in my life time and he truly has a cap on telling lies and does not take responsibility for anything that he does or says he would rather lie and place the blame on his cabinet members, Obama, Hillary and probably his dead mammy too!!

    1. @Child of the Sixties WOW! I always enjoy your straight to the point comments…but today–you went in hard. Understandably so. It is disturbing listening to all the grief the Obamas went through and are still going through because of racism. Thank you so much for being a supporter. Your views are always a lively addition to help us keep the convo going. Take care Child…

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