“It’s nice that lots of women have the freedom, wealth and carefree life to go “out to play with the girls”–but, women like Michelle Obama and millions of Obama supporters, have more important business at-hand.” ~ Lady M
Far too many times in American history Black women like Michelle Obama have had to explain to their children why getting through life is harder for African Americans. Why our men are in prison in record numbers–with the numbers for women rising; why poverty is an ever-present reality for far too many families; and why violence lurks in our neighborhoods and schools. Far too many times, Black women like Michelle have had to kiss their loved ones goodbye in the morning and pray that they will see them again in the evening or hear their voices.
Now, the rest of the country is learning about the fear we still face at home, in the 21st Century! A fear that is promoted by talk show hosts and even national figures. This was illustrated recently at a rally featuring Michelle Obama where a woman in the audience broke down in tears, when asking Michelle how she handled the threats being posed to Barack Obama. Clearly, this woman was learning what we have always known–how frightening it is to love someone who has the courage and tenacity to challenge the system and aspire to greatness and how fragile a Black man’s life is.
According to the report of the event by a blogger whose screen name is “A Cynic” Michelle paused and waited for the woman to regain her composure before responding. Then, she quietly explained to all of the women in the audience who were hanging on every word, that the reality of life in Black America is a violent reality–a reality that prompts leaders to be careless with the life of your husband and makes walking to school risky for your children. She assured the audience that she was “OK” and encouraged them to tell the world to “stop that kind of talk.” Like her husband always does, Michelle took the high road and in spite of the meanness, ridicule and hatred being directed at them, she called for healing, for understanding, for love. What a wonderful response, what a wonderful woman–what a wonderful future First Lady!
As an interesting contrast, this week millions of women are gleefully skipping to the movies to see “Sex in the City.” It’s nice that lots of women have the freedom, wealth and carefree life to go “out to play with the girls” –but, women like Michelle Obama and millions of Obama supporters, have more important business at-hand. They are focused on the business of helping to elect Barack Obama to become President of the United States–not the Black President but, the President–to change the world and the future, so the next Black Woman whose husband runs for President, will not have to walk in fear.