Our never-ending search for a role model continues

Posted: July 21, 2008 in Commentary, Just "Why?"

Some quick quips on the following article “Michelle Obama credited with helping recast image of U.S. black women”

“The ladies who come in here say they love how they love each other,” Jones, 71, says, referring to the affection between Michelle Obama and her husband, Barack Obama.

They are not the first. What did you expect to see from someone who is running for president, George and Weezy?

…Michelle Obama knocks down old stereotypes of black women: Sapphire, the angry black woman; Mammy, the caretaker and nurturer of her own children and everybody else’s, and Jezebel, the loose woman…she represents someone who came from humble beginnings to achieve a high level of education. She has a strong self-identity as a female.

These barriers have been knocked down a very long time ago. Can someone give this person a subscription to Essence magazine?

So she has a “strong self-identity” because she achieved a high level of education?

She normalizes black women,”

OMG!!! Where to begin– Where to begin?

Karen Fort Hood, Michigan Court of Appeals judge, calls Michelle Obama a role model for all women, not just African-American women.

A role model–for GROWN women.

Thomas says the very fact that Barack Obama married a clearly African-American woman sends a message that you can marry a black woman and still be successful.

WWHHHAAATT??
Okay did Ms. Celie , Shug Avery or Nellie make that last comment? Apparently these folks have been living in a time warp.

As for the other part of her comment (“clearly”)—-

TRANSLATION: If she was light-skinned, there would be some problems.

So that brings us back to the never-ending question that even Barack had to deal with early in his campaign– Can a person with light skin or of mixed race be considered truly “Black”? I will not hold my breath for the answer to that question.

Art gallery owner Sherry Washington agrees. She says that when she saw that Michelle Obama was undeniably black, “and had African-American features, I was so happy. It says to me that Barack Obama sees a person for who they are and not superficial standards of beauty.

#1 – Someone please define “undeniably black” and who fits in that category.

#2 – So if a man falls in love and marries a light-skinned woman who also happens to wear a weave, does that make him superficial?

“She’s creating a new standard of beauty, although it’s been there all along.”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thankfully there is no one standard.

She is vying to be the First Lady, not Mrs. America.

America is not accustomed to seeing a black woman with breadth, depth, intelligence and beauty, and Michelle Obama has the potential to change that.

And Black women like Oprah or Condoleezza Rice are just pions, right?

“People need to realize she represents more of what they haven’t seen than what they have seen,” Wyatt says.

Huuh–wha…?

“When I was growing up — and still, to a certain extent — it was not fashionable to be black or brown. She kind of validates black women.

OKAY, OKAY enough already!! Just stop it, please!! Can we get real for a second here?

If Michelle Obama was still Michelle Robinson, most of these negroes in this article would not give her the time of day mainly because she is dark-skinned. There are PLENTY of dark-skinned sistahs out there with multiple degrees, got money, etc., yet in most cases OUR OWN MEDIA or ordinary folks will not mention a word about their “beauty” unless they are in a music video or starring in some movie.

Look, I totally get the excitement over the possibility that the next president of the United States could be Black, but projecting stuff on folks just because they are ‘the first Black (insert achievement here)’ is just plain dishonest.

I think what really ticks me off about all of this is that if Obama looses this election, where does that put all those Black women she supposedly carries on her shoulders?

Make no mistake about it, having a Black First Lady will certainly be a milestone for Black women everywhere. But to minimize the milestones and successes already achieved by Black women regardless of physical attraction by appointing Mrs. Obama as unofficial role model of all Black women just because she is Barack’s wife is cheap flattery.

The funny thing about this article is that I could take the entire piece and apply it to what I have seen in many churches where the exact form of flattery is spoken over the First Lady (wife of the pastor for the rest of you).

Sorry, one more thing. If Michelle Obama was light-skinned with long hair, would that make Barack half White?

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Comments
  1. Wizz says:

    These barriers have been knocked down a very long time ago. Can someone give this person a subscription to Essence magazine?

    I think that is the point… Outside of “the good” black media where do you see these images. “The good” black media only serves very small portions of even the black public, let alone the public as a whole. You are much more likely to see those typical stereotypes in the mainstream media. And you have to add the “video vixen” (video ho) to that list these days.

  2. sasha says:

    I agree with everything you said. It saddens me when black women say they are proud when a black man marries a “real” black woman or “visibly” black woman as if light-skinned black women are some how less black. I understand that people are angry that light-skin is valued more by SOME people but marking these lines of who is a “real” black person just furthers division. I honestly believe that if Obama had married a light-skinned women he would not have the widespread black support he has and possibly would not be the democratic nominee because of it; many many people are that superficial that they judge people based on the color of their spouse

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