Monday, November 17, 2008

Michelle Obama - The Racial Rorschach Test - Update

On a routine basis, knowledge is dropped from the field.

From Miranda:
I honestly think some people are uncomfortable with seeing this black woman on a pedestal...because we're supposed to clean the pedestal, or build the pedestal, or help somebody up onto the pedestal or there's this wierd feminazi stance that we're supposed to be offended by the pedestal because........I really dont know why - no one's clued me in on that part.

But a bonafide sistah? we're not supposed to be helped up onto the pedestal by our King and sit up there in all our glory because that's where he wants us to be and that's where you deserve to be. Oh no....I think its really bothering some folks to see this Queen.

What set this off was a discussion about how Michelle Obama was being criticized for saying that she was going to be the ' Mom-In-Chief'. That I had seen more than one article like this one at Salon:
The momification of Michelle Obama
The next first lady is an accomplished lawyer. But with the media focused on her clothes and family, Bamalot is starting to look a lot like Camelot

You know the criticism: with all of Michelle Obama's edjumacation, why would she say that her first job would be ' Mom-In-Chief'?

I would reply:

Michelle Obama has 2 small children that she wants to prevent from becoming subjects of an ' E! True Hollywood Story'. Black women know that means HANDS ON PARENTING. Why is this so hard for people to believe that this woman means for her children to THRIVE in this world? Are they so unaccomsted to seeing a devoted Black mother that they're twitching with nervousness?

Why is it difficult to believe that Michelle Obama would put her children first? Did you not read the stories about her? How she took an infant Sasha with her to a job interview? The type of security and self-assurance of a woman who would do that? The statement, ever so quiet, but strong that it made?

She seems to have an actual MARRIAGE, which means that it will be up to HER to try and carve out a portion of the world for the future President that is REAL...that he can decompress from the pressures of being President.

Add into it that she's the first Black First Lady, and if she did everything the same that Laura Bush did, it would be different, JUST BECAUSE MICHELLE OBAMA IS DOING IT.

From where I sit, that means Michelle Obama will be busy from sun up to sun down for the next 4, hopefully 8 years.

I don't know what the hell these folks want Michelle Obama to do.

Actually, I do know...they want her to be another Hillary Clinton.

But, Michelle Obama would NEVER, and I mean NEVER, put Barack Obama in that position. She would never disrespect Barack Obama that way by overreaching. She would NEVER undermine his Presidency that way.

I have been a critic of mainstream feminism because I simply don't believe it has anything to do with Black women or their lives. I believe Black women have never wanted to be separated from the men in their lives, and don't want, in general to compete with them. Because of the legacy of our families being torn asunder, I believe we have a tradition of holding hard to our families.

And, as an astute Michelle Obama Watch commenter noted, "We’ve always had to have it all. When were we able to NOT work? You learn a lot after 350 years of “juggling."

Yes, Michelle Obama radiates the confidence of a woman that is loved and cherished. And, why not? She was, by all accounts, adored by her father. Fathers are as important to daughters as they are to sons. From the right kind of father, a girl learns self-confidence, a sense of worth, and a sense of self-value that tells you - ' Baby, don't you even think about settling for less'. And, when a girl like that, grows into a woman, she looks for- no demands - that the man who wants to be her mate, step correct. Why would she give up being valued, when she knows nothing else? So, yes, she marries a man who loves and values her. Treats her like a Queen. And in return, she treats him like a King. It does not diminish her to treat her husband like a King. It does not diminish her to have a strong, caring man as Head of the Household. It is a comfort. It is a relief. It helps a woman sleep better at night.

For the critics, I ask this:

Why shouldn't Michelle Obama have all of that?

Just what do you think she's ' given up' to be Barack Obama's wife and life partner?

Personally, I see a woman who has it all. And does it oh so well.


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Brian said...

Who are these people criticizing Michelle Obama for this? The Republican media? The so-called "Black Community"? Feminists?

Democrats and Progressives are often labeled as anti-family... what better way to show that Progressives also want sound, strong families? Especially that Black Americans want good families like everyone else.

But I am interested in knowing one thing... what would be her causes as First Lady? She's not going to be able to be First Mom or Mom-in-Chief 24/7... There is an Army of Nannies available that can handle everyday duties. I would like to see her out and about once in a while.... perhaps globetrotting.

Just about all First Ladies since Roosevelt have had a significant role... at least as ambassadors and image-makers for the Country.... (not significant roles in terms of governance) and they have had either a major cause or a small list of causes that they worked for.

What should be hers? Any ideas?


-Urban America/Urban Blight

-The deterioration of the Black image....particularly among youth.

-Self-image/Self-Esteem (Black Women esp.)


-Breast Cancer

-The crisis of family/Deterioration of Marriage in the so-called "Black Community".

-Poverty (at home and around the world)

-Human Trafficking

-Blood Diamonds

-Urban Pollution

-Stem Cell Research

-Violence Against Women

-Drug/Alcohol Addiction

- Alternative Energy/Energy Conservation

There is a long list of possible causes.

Thinking back to Slick Willy's time in office...I can't recall anything Hillary did of any real note... other than Fashionista... modeling hats and such. lol Perhaps hats were her cause.
So she wouldn't necessarily be a great model. Did she do anything as First Lady???? Anything besides the shady travel mess???

Even Tipper Gore had more of an agenda than Hillary Clinton did.

Now she's going to be Sec. of State. Oh God!!! This is a nightmare! I was hoping that the nightmare would be over after Jan... but it looks like Barack Obama is seeking a continuance.

I just hope Michelle Obama is known for more than her fashion and her motherhood when the Obama term is up. This is a huge opportunity for Black women...and Black people in terms of repairing an image that has been thoroughly detroyed (partly at the hands of Blacks themselves).

rikyrah said...

She said military families.

and I hope she does HIV/AIDS

Anonymous said...

I'm sure she will pick her causes or causes when the time is right.

I don't necessarily see this criticism as something new or particular geared toward Michelle Obama. I've seen various women criticized, and much made of situations where highly educated women decide to make home and kids their priority, books written on it essays etc all over the last 5 years, so really there is plenty of this kind of writing all the time, it may just seem notorious to you because you don't read that kind of stuff often.

It seems that some women feel they paved the way for younger women and now the younger women are not towing the line.

God she looks fabulous in that photo.