Michelle Obama On "The Black Vote"
by BlueDiamond, Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 05:35:37 AM EST
I am a 33 year old African American woman.
I am writing this diary because , as an African American, I have a right to have just as much input, if not more, on issues and statements that are directly aimed at the Black community as those who are not African American. Too many times, when something like this comes up, those who are not African American began , consciously or subconsciously , telling the Black Community how we should think and respond to something that has nothing at all to do with them. So, I am putting in my input first and I am doing it as an African American. I do not speak on behalf of the entire Black Community as you will see later in this diary. This is just my opinion based on my personal experiences as an African American. I will welcome mostly all comments.
Michelle Obama was recently interviewed on MSNBC and asked about her husbands poll numbers with specific regards to African Americans. Here was her response.
Michelle Obama is absolutely correct.
I was born a week after Nixon resigned ( I refused to be born under his Administration. I had to make sure he was out of the White House for sure before busting on the scene. JK ) But, still, in 1974, It was already decided that before I took my first breath, I would be reminded by society every single day of my life that I am a descendant of Slaves. That I am a descendant of parents who had to drink out of designated water fountains and that I had older siblings who watched Martin Luther King Jr. get shot. It was pre-determined that because of the color of my skin, while it is no longer legal to treat me like my predecessors were treated, there were people in this nation who would still do anything they could to get around the laws in an effort to deprive me of achieving the American Dream.
However, because I was raised by a father who embraced Dr. Kings message as opposed to Malcolm X's message, I did not grow up with a mentality that I was to be the sole enemy of the White man. But many Blacks have. Because my father embraced my white Brother-In-Laws and treated them the exact same way as his sons, I did not grow up thinking that the White man was out to get me. But many Blacks did not have this experience. Because my school was progressive and because they expelled a little White Boy for calling me a Nigger, ( The ONLY time in my entire life I was called that by a White person BTW) I did not grow up thinking that ALL white people were racist. Many Blacks have yet to see this. Many Blacks have never experienced circumstances that prove not all Whites are racist.
It is those within the Black community that Michelle Obama is talking about. It is the Blacks within our community who have been told all of their lives to beware of the White man. It is those Blacks who have only heard the negative history as it pertains to our race and the stereotypes have been reinforced within their society to the point where they really feel there is no difference between the History of our experience in this nation and the current day and age we now live in. They have never felt included and welcomed by Whites. They believe the scary stories that all Whites hate Blacks and are out to get us. They are the real victims of racism. Not Blacks like me. But them.
Those Blacks , who are saying that a Black man will never be elected, are only saying that because everything they have been fed all of their lives tells them that it's their reality. They were told all their lives that White people genuinely hate Black people and that White people are so racist and prejudiced in their souls that they will never allow anyone who is not White to govern this nation. This is what they have been told. When Michelle Obama says, they will wake up, what she means is, they are about to finally get a different message. They are about to get the truth. They are about to wake up and find that America is not as racist as they have been told. They will wake up and be free in their own minds.