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Michelle Obama Making a Difference for Colored Women Around the World

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I know that some people outside the community like to think that Barack Obama had the black vote in the bag right from the beginning.  Maybe history will re-write it that way, but black folks know we aren’t a monolith.  Around this time last year some papers were still reporting how black women were torn about who to vote for: Obama because he’s black or H. Clinton because she’s a woman (and a Clinton, of course). 

But once everyone got on the Obama train it was plain that his wife Michelle and his beautiful daughters were going to be the darling of the US.  There are a few haters out there, a lot of the white women, but I’m sure one day they’ll come around.  Probably just in time to wax poetically to their grandchildren about this time in U.S history.  We’ll have Michelle Obama to put the real perspective on it.

So, for those Michelle Obama haters out there here’s something else for you to tear your hair out over: Michelle is an inspiration to women around the globe.   Don’t believe me, read the CNN article. 

The women she meets in the squalid streets where “Slumdog Millionaire” was filmed are often treated with contempt, she says. They’re considered ugly if their skin and hair are too dark. They are deemed “cursed” if they only have daughters. Many would-be mothers even abort their children if they learn they’re female.

Yet lately she says Indian women are getting another message from the emergence of another woman thousands of miles away. This woman has dark skin and hair. She walks next to her husband in public, not behind. And she has two daughters. But no one calls her cursed. They call her Michelle Obama, the first lady.

“She could be a new face for India,” says Ferreira, program officer for an HIV-prevention program run by World Vision, an international humanitarian group. “She shows women that it’s OK to have dark skin and to not have a son. She’s quite real to us.”

Those who focus on Michelle Obama’s impact on America are underestimating her reach. The first lady is inspiring women of color around the globe to look at themselves, and America, in fresh ways.

California Thu Nguyen also looks up to Michelle Obama.  When M. Obama became first lady she called up her niece and told her she could achieve anything she wanted. “We have a yellow color because we’re Asian, so we felt a bond with [Michelle] Obama when she became the first black first lady”

M. Obama just evokes that sentiment from people.  Heck, when they visited England earlier this year the Queen was all up on her, starstruck –let’s not get it twisted folks, the Queen touched her first (and I am so glad she didn’t touch her hair).

Not exactly sure why M. Obama gets this type of attention as first lady.  The only one that comes close in my recent memory is Nancy Reagan, although even she had her detractors from her own party.  But whatever it is, I hope it and it’s effects last longer than the Obamas time in Washington.


Written by rentec

28 April, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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