Michelle Obama Confronts Racial Stereotypes in White House Tell-All
Jan 13, 2012 4:45 AM EST
Black America hoped Michelle Obama would usher in big changes in how women of color are perceived. As ‘The Obamas’ shows, the first lady is still fighting off old stereotypes
First lady Michelle Obama isn’t fond of being in the eye of the storm, but this week she’s had no choice. Hounded by reports that she had frequent tension-filled encounters with her husband’s White House staff, Mrs. Obama stood up for herself on CBS and declared once again that she wasn’t the stereotypical “angry black woman.”
Four years ago, few could have predicted the first African-American FLOTUS would still be defending herself against the slur that never seems to lose its appeal to the mainstream.
The fact that a conversation about the attitude and disposition of Mrs. Obama remains such a hot-button topic is a major disappointment for those who thought times would change after her husband’s election in 2008. Many in the African-American community were certain the mere presence of Michelle Obama on the international stage would effect perceptions of black women worldwide.
Surely it would be impossible to ignore the grace, charm and intellect of the 5’11” Chicago native, with her Harvard Law degree, committed marriage, and two young daughters. Society would come to realize that Michelle Obama was not the exception but more often the rule in the black community. Magazines would have covers featuring women of all hues and Hollywood would expand storylines to offer more detailed and diverse descriptions of women of color. Terms such as “angry black woman’’ would die a fitting and long overdue death.
Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. The release of Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, four years later makes it clear that Michelle Obama’s arrival on the scene has done little to change the way in which black women and race are still viewed in America.
“The looming shadow of racism is always there and it’s very sad,’’ says Mikki Taylor, a former editor at Essence and author of Commander in Chic, about Michelle Obama. “Who was more feisty than Barbara Bush? Laura Bush always spoke her mind, but Michelle Obama takes the heat for being an independent-thinking woman. It’s so clearly based on race and backward ways of thinking.’’
Michelle Obama has faced the wrath of negative media before. As her husband gained recognition on the 2008 presidential trail, Michelle often faced criticism. Some viewed her no-nonsense gray pantsuits and structured flip hairstyles as cold and sterile, while others said the words she chose in speeches and even the deep arch of her eyebrows revealed a woman furious at America and the lifestyle it offered her. Adding fuel to the fire was The New Yorker cover in 2008 that infamously featured the then-aspiring first couple doing a black power-like fist bump and Michelle armed with an angry scowl, afro, and machine gun.
“That said it all to me in terms of how the country saw her and how they’d continue to see her,’’ said Lana James, 22, a student at Spelman College in Atlanta. “The country has a set view of black women whether we are educated or not. Whether we’re married or not and no matter what else we do. I really did think she’d make people have more open minds, but it’s made no difference. No matter what she’s done, it makes no difference.’’
She’s done a lot to appease her critics in the past. Prior to her husband’s election, Michelle softened her look by adding more dresses and floral prints to her wardrobe and changed the tone and tenor of the speeches she made during the 2008 campaign. Since entering the White House, the first lady has remained low-key, focusing on non-controversial issues such as better services for military families, childhood obesity, and the welfare of her own two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
“Michelle had no desire to get involved with the day-to-day issues of the White House and that was clear from day one,’’ says a White House source. “She had no desire to be the next Hillary Clinton or face the opposition Hillary faced because she was so involved in her husband’s office. She did not want that headache.’’
Kantor’s book asserts that Michelle regularly butted heads with former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and often expressed frustration with staff members for not pushing her husband’s initiatives more.
The first lady told Gayle King on CBS This Morning that she hadn’t read Kantor’s book but she’d grown tired of the constant attacks on her character. “I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and as a strong women–you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.’’
Iran and US
president Barack Obama said the US and its allies would consider adding to the sanctions already imposed on Iran .”we agreed that if the IAEA this week determines again that Iran is continuing to ignore its international obligation ,then we will have no choice but to consider additional step,including potential additional sanctions,to intensify the the pressure on the Iranian regime,
In this time Europe and others countries never want to improve and development of Islamic country so in this time Iran is strong ,face to get important identify the Muslims and other Islamic countries .
Pakistan and Iran both are ideological countries and the have strong and powerful in Islamic country we have must to make a strong policy in any institute of government..
2.TTP is part of US greater plan to deplete Pakistan and deplete it so much that it remains at US feet for its survival that it should forget going about and swinging with china. US presence in Pakistan serves US strategic interest to stop China in expanding its influence in the region and going about as next super power of the world.
In US-China Tussle; Pakistan is future battle ground.
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