I can't believe people are losing sleep, getting red in the face and blogging like mad about Michelle Obama's recent comment. The one where she said:
For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change.Many, many folks are outraged-- saying she should have been proud of America a long time ago and not just because Obama is kicking Hill's behind. Many Americans feel that she should be darn proud of the red, white and blue because for starters she and her husband are able to live the 'American Dream'. They are successful lawyers that attended Harvard for pete's sake and they make tons of money and can send their daughters to the best schools. Look at what America has bestowed upon them or better yet, the mindset is, look at how far America has allowed these Negroes to rise. How dare Michelle not be proud of America? Needless to say, I'm not in agreement. The Obamas are successful lawyers because they worked their butts off; Because of the sacrifices of their parents; Because of the movements created by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. If it was up to "America" the Obamas would probably be packing bags at Walmart or nannying someone's kids or better yet in prison were "America" likes to see their Blacks. America is (still) corrupt, racist, and sexist. Proud Yankees built their marketplace on the back of Blacks (and now Mexicans). They are using war as a front to make billions through the oil trade. Yes, I am sure Michelle was proud before and in her exuberance was just expressing that she is prouder than ever now in the political process. But let's not forget there is a long list of reasons why Mrs. Obama should not be proud. Katrina. Darfur. Eleanor Bumpers. Abner Louima. Jena 6. Give me a break! Proud indeed... of Michelle speaking her God-given American mind. Aren't you?