What is it people?
Is it “the reach of her arms, the span of her hips, the stride of her step, the curl of her lips,” that makes you so crazy?
Because some folk have gone “plum crazy” over the notion that this “phenomenal woman” named Michelle Obama has become the ideal of women across the world. She’s educated (Princeton and Harvard) and sophisticated, she's beautiful and brainy, she’s competent and capable, she’s knowledgeable and skilled, she’s informed and inspiring, she’s devoted and dedicated, she’s loving and loved, and she’s BLACK.
Yes, this black woman embodies the hopes, dreams and ideals of little girls across the world. They want to sound like her, walk like her, talk like her…be like her. Little boys used to want to “be like Mike;" well little girls now have their own “Mike”…we just call her Michelle.
Is it “the fire in her eyes, the flash of her teeth, the swing in her waist, and the joy in her feet,” that would make a bitter old fool hiding behind a “conservative Christian website" banner refer to the First Lady as “a James Brown look-a-like?” In an effort to insult her beauty, grace and style, this “columnist” took umbrage with a world that would liken Michelle Obama to the “allure, glamour and fashion sense of Jackie Kennedy;” as if white women had a lock on how to look and what to wear. The saintly obsession with Jackie Kennedy (who I like, mind you) is over-the-top by any standard; especially given her relationship with her husband. Maybe that's the problem: you're mad that Michelle's husband, the President is fulfilled by his wife and doesn't need to seek the attention of other women to feel like the most powerful man in the world. The "hatoration" was palpable when he referred to her “Ivy League degree and former $7,000-a-week salary” as a result of “affirmative action.” What, your kid couldn’t get into the college of his choice because a “big bad black lady” took his spot?
This guy must have one heck of a crush on the First Lady. That was usually at the core of little white boys trying to pull the hair of the black girls in kindergarten. Their momma’s told them they couldn’t play with “those colored girls” when all they wanted to do was play with those colored girls! Come on dude…you look pathetic. Stop fantasizing about what you can’t ever have and start celebrating what you’ve been given in this gifted and beautiful representative of the diversity of our nation.
And it is not just the white men who are tripping.
Is it how she “walks into a room, just as cool as you please,” causing “the fellows to stand or fall down on their knees.” Maybe it’s “the way they swarm around her, like a hive of honey bees” that is making some white women take to the prescription bottle. From that chick in desperate need of a “two piece and a biscuit” who resents everything about the first lady’s style to that wretched excuse for a woman who had the audacity to refer to the First Lady on the radio as “trash” because she dared to tell young school children that they might encounter people in their lives who will try to block their progress if they try to excel in school by striving to get A’s in their studies. Stop….you don’t say. Really, I can’t believe that. This fill-in radio host defined “trash” as a thing that “is colorblind, (that) can cross all eco-socionomic...categories;” and as “people who use other people to get things, who patronize others, who consider you bitter and clingy..." What? Stop rambling. You sound crazy and deranged.
When defining “trash,” I choose to use Webster’s definition: “rubbish: worthless material that is to be disposed of.” As we would say in law school, Exhibit A.
It used to be that when a white woman was intimidated by the beauty, elegance and grace of a black woman (especially when her man started looking longingly at her beautiful long brown legs); she could sell her and send her to a neighboring plantation. Mr. Lincoln took care of that a while back so I understand that your options are more limited. It may be hard for “you to understand just why her head's not bowed. Why she doesn’t shout or jump about or have to talk real loud. When you see her passing it ought to make you proud;” so ask yourself why it doesn’t . What is it in you that is so inadequate that you can’t appreciate the “phenomenal woman” that is Michelle Obama? Either way, you might as well get with the program because this sister is here to stay and there will be more just like her to follow.
I told Bill O’Reilly in an “Open Letter” a year ago during the presidential campaign that if he “came for” Michelle Obama, he better be ready for all of her sisters to have her back. Consider yourself warned. The last time you pissed off a black woman and told her to “stay in her place”, she sat in the front of the bus and caused a revolution.
This one sits on Air Force One next to her husband The President of the United States. Don’t mess with her.
(Special thanks to Maya Angelou for the beautiful poem "Phenomenal Woman"...it says it all.)