4 People Who Think Michelle Obama Shouldn’t Discuss Racism

One of the benefits of a second term in the White House is that a President gets to worry a little less about his public perception without reelection hanging over his head. The same apparently goes for a First Lady, as Michelle Obama showed in her brutally frank commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Speaking at the historically black college, Obama openly discussed the perceptions she was forced to combat as she stepped into the role of being the country’s first African American First Lady.

“As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations — conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating? Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?” she said in her speech. “Then there was the first time I was on a magazine cover — it was a cartoon drawing of me with a huge Afro and machine gun. Now, yeah, it was satire, but if I’m really being honest, it knocked me back a bit. It made me wonder, just how are people seeing me.”

Conservatives are unsympathetic to the words Obama spoke, and many are claiming that her experiences simply aren’t true, and that the FLOTUS is simply stirring up racial animosity. Here are four conservative pundits who think First Lady Michelle Obama should stop talking about her experiences with racial discrimination.

1. Rush Limbaugh

It’s surprising to no one that radio pundit Rush Limbaugh would be the first to accuse Michelle Obama of “playing the race card.” After all, Michelle has been a favorite target of the conservative host for years now. “Michelle Obama is on a roll. She is playing the race card, she’s doubling down on it, and the reason I didn’t start with this in the first hour, I’ll be real honest with you, is it depresses me,” he said on a recent show, adding, “[S]he talks about how, even now as first lady, that she’s gone places where people think she’s the help. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe that. Michelle Obama cannot show up anywhere and be confused with a housekeeper. She’s too well known. It’s absurd. But she wants it to be believed. And maybe in her mind she has been treated that way by some of these people around the world she’s met. Maybe she hasn’t and just thought she would be, or maybe they didn’t fawn enough and that’s why so she’s telling herself stories about what they think of her. You know, human beings do that. But it’s all so really unnecessary and unfortunate, and it’s not helpful at all.”

2. Ann Coulter

Of course, whatever Rush Limbaugh can do, Ann Coulter can do better, and that includes telling Michelle Obama that experiences with racial discrimination aren’t true. Instead, Coulter claims, Obama was just trying to keep African Americans “angry” so Democrats can win elections. “Coulter said Obama was ‘harping on white racism’ during her speech,” writes AL.com. “‘This is exactly as I predicted,’ Coulter said. ‘We had finally got rid of a lot of this racial demagoguery in response to the O.J. verdict, and Obama and his enablers and the left-wing media have brought it back in order to gin up and keep a certain segment of the black community angry and voting against Republicans.’”

3. Angela McGlowan at Fox News

As if there weren’t enough conservative outlets panning Obama’s experienced racism, Fox and Friends got into it as well, with contributor Angela McGlowan demanding the First Lady give a more positive speech about racial discrimination, like how she must have benefited from affirmative action. “By saying ‘we’ and ‘against us’ is saying that there is a white oppressor, that there’s a system that’s against us,” McGlowan said, according to Raw Story. “However, why didn’t the first lady share the reason why she got into Princeton was probably because of Affirmative Action? The reason why she became an associate at a law firm was probably because of diversity, they needed a woman — not saying that she wasn’t qualified — but they needed a woman, and a woman of color. That’s a twofer.”

4. Jenny Erikson

This blogger at The Stir may not have the audience reach of the others on the page, but she’s just as determined to tell the First Lady that her experiences with racial discrimination aren’t really that bad, and she should just get over it. “It’s hard to put Michelle Obama on the same level as the black soldiers who really did face unfair discrimination,” Erikson writes, adding, “Michelle Obama has nothing in common with black people who have faced real racism in places like Baltimore and Ferguson. She grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She may be African American, but that doesn’t mean that she’s dealt with real racism. Her critics don’t like her or her husband’s politics — we could care less about her skin color. Sorry, Madam First Lady. I’m just not buying it.”

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129 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Actually Susan maybe you should listen to the speech??

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei2 years ago

Susan T.,

and really nice to see rightwingers name calling again. thanks for your tolerance. trollops.

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Timothy W.
Timothy W2 years ago

Susan T.
That is pretty much what she spoke about. You hear her complaining because that is what you want to hear. She was telling the graduates that she endured the same adversities as they did and she made...they can too. To say she should tell them to overcome the adversities we all face, no matter race or skin color is only half of what those grads need to hear. They also need to be told to overcome the adversities the rest of us don't face because of race or skin color. Or are you suggesting that they should not strive to overcome race related adversity.

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Susan T.
Susan T2 years ago

and really nice to see liberal's name calling again. thanks for your tolerance. frauds.

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Susan T.
Susan T2 years ago

She should be talking about her 2 degrees from Ivy league universities and how "people of color" should strive to be better, work harder and overcome the adversities we all face, no matter what color our skin is....content of character right?

She sounds so racists...what private school do her daughters go to? I can't afford that. 1% fraud.

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Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei2 years ago

-- cont. --

Your father knew of "exceptionalism", but his son -- being hatched from some long-buried egg -- absolutely DOES NOT!!

Cletus
...destroyer of fools

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei2 years ago

David F. says (apparently with a straight face) :
"Her ideology is clear, where is the American exceptionalism, Instead of their normal identity politics of class division versus unification.

Hmmmmm, where to start!.......OK, so let me get this straight......YOU David, being the author here on Care2 of an almost-continuous seepage of knee-jerk and rabid apologetics for every malignant thought that has ever emanated from a Teatard's blow-hole, including the TeaParty's unprecedented collection of sophomoric, racist nonsense that has been aimed at the Obamas and that continues even to this day....**?YOU?**dare deign to criticize this first lady's mentioning of ongoing "division" and racisim, as if her verbalizing it were much more of a slight on this country than the actual monkey-hole citizens, LIKE YOU, who commit the SIN???!!!! Really!!!?????

Of course, you have already well-advertised yourself as a fool on these threads, but I I must say, the rock you live under must be as thick and dense as the empty skull atop your neck.

And you dare ask: "where is the American exceptionalism" in her speech?? Are you kidding me??!! Where do in-sentient lugnuts like yourself who are so UN-exceptional to being with and who are well into their rightwing campaign to destroying this country....where do you get off using a word like "exceptionalism" of which you have no understanding?

Your father knew of "exceptionalism", but his son -- being hatched from some long-buried egg --

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