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In one generation, the face of this “Invisible America” has gone from living on the top floor

of a bungalow, to the possibility of living in The White House. And yet, Michelle Obama,

refuses to say “I’ m special,” in order to give white America its usual security blanket

 

 

Why White America Perhaps Fears Michelle More Than Barack

Excerpts from a “Jack & Jill politics” newsletter  

 

[A]s hard as it is to accept a black president, it’s even harder to accept a black first lady. First Lady has always held a beloved sentimental mother/wife of the nation symbolism. Conservatives are not ready to have to look at this very BLACK woman with her degrees and her fierceness and see her as the epitome of the American mother/wife. This will be a first for white people. They do not want this black woman in the White House as their first lady. That New Yorker cartoon was [actually] about Michelle—she was its focal point . . . look closely . . . she is the leader, the one starting the “revolution” they want you to imagine . . .

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said, in the course of covering the Obama candidacy, “He (Barack Obama) brings none of the ‘bad stuff’, you know?” By “Bad Stuff,” he meant the legacy of [whites] enslaving Africans in this country, keeping them as second-class citizens until 1965, a mere 11 years before this country celebrated its 200th anniversary. You know, “the original sin,” or “the birth defect,” as Condi Rice called it. Barack escapes this “bad stuff” only because his mother was white and may have had ancestors involved in the slave trade; and also because Barack's father was not African American. He was full blooded African and therefore Barack had no ancestors enslaved by  America - and so the white guilt factor is missing when they think of him.

However, no such luck with Michelle! 

Michelle Obama is a direct threat and lightening bolt against White Superiority.   Because, she’s Black  . . .  visibly black . . . But it's important to note, she does not, in any way, shape, or form, contour to the acceptable Black Pathologies that enable White Supremacy to sigh with relief. [welfare mother, fatherless child, druggie, etc.] Michelle was raised in a neighborhood. In a home. With TWO parents. No child revolving in and out of jail. 


Raised by a Black man who not only provided for his family, but did so, with a disability. Her mother had a working class job—secretary—but it was taken only after she had seen her youngest child settle into high school.

Michelle Obama’s poise, her confidence, her aura—that was created by that humble Black man, who by all accounts, adored her. He told her that she is worthy, and so, when you have that told to you by the first man who loves and protects you, you seek that validation of that in your choice of mate, you’ll settle f or nothing less, and Michelle hasn’t. 

Michelle Obama, doesn’t fit any of the acceptable Black pathologies. And when you don’t fit the acceptable Black pathologies, then you must be destroyed. Michelle Obama has become the face of the Black America whose existence is routinely denied by this country. Think about it. 

In one generation, the face of this “Invisible America” has gone from living on the top floor of a bungalow, to the possibility of living in The White House. And yet, Michelle Obama, refuses to say “I’ m special,” in order to give white America its usual security blanket [that she is one of the exceptions rather than the rule]. So what should be done? 

Beat her down into submission. 

Michelle Obama represents everything we black women want our daughters to be. When we stand up for her we stand up for ourselves. No other women in the world are more neglected and abused as African women period. Michelle looks like [our] daughters, her daughters look like us. We love the way Barack looks at her we adore the way he looks at his daughters. The Obamas represent the hope that we 
can be loved by our men and they will support us in whatever we do. Little African American girls need a vision and dream of what it is like to be loved by a man who looks just like them. 

Is America ready for a First Lady who looks like her? A regular black woman? Not a passable biracial curly haired girl that they call black, but a regular black woman from the south side of  Chicago? With dark skin? 

Is she going to be the face of the Woman on the largest pedestal in the country? A self-confessed “loud-mouth” black woman? If the Obamas succeed, it turns white supremacy upside down. And not because a black man is in the White House; but because a black woman will be there who didn’t have to come in the back door to lie in bed with the president.

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The Heart of Whiteness

By Robert Jensen

The first, and perhaps most crucial, fear is that of facing the fact that some of what we white people have is unearned. It's a truism that we don't really make it on our own; we all have plenty of help to achieve whatever we achieve. That means that some of what we have is the product of the work of others, distributed unevenly across society, over which we may have little or no control individually. No matter how hard we work or how smart we are, we all know — when we are honest with ourselves — that we did not get where we are by merit alone. And many white people are afraid of that fact. A second fear is crasser: White people's fear of losing what we have — literally the fear of losing things we own if at some point the economic, political, and social systems in which we live become more just and equitable.Robert Jensen  

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Go, Tell Michelle
African American Women Write to the New First Lady

Edited Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram

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