Saturday, January 14, 2012

Michelle Obama Confronts Racial Stereotypes in White House Tell-All

The Daily Beast -Jan 13, 2012 

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.

Full piece at The Daily Beast.

Michelle Obama listens as her husband, President Barack Obama, speaks at the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, on the National Mall in Washington. , Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

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