Today I read and interesting commentary on CNN in which the author made a compelling argument and opened up what I believe is a necessary dialog concerning our future First Lady and the perceptions surrounding her as the first black First Lady.
What seems to be missing from the national dialog on race is where have we gone thus far since the Obama win on race relations?
I plan to write a reflective post concerning Race and Obama chronicalizing what I believe is a pivotal shift in race relations, however I’m a little busy at the moment, and can’t believe I even have time to write these few words. 🙂
Either way, what I believe we should evaluate in particular is the contrast in the reactions to Barack versus Michelle. I have a gut feeling that as it relates to race and stereotypes, Barack is accepted more by non-blacks due to his mixed ethnicity and exotic background, whereas Michelle is not. Or could it be the concept that being black and a woman is just a little more difficult than being black and a man?
Which ever way the debate goes, there is a lot of discussion to be had as it relates to sexism, racism, and “role” of a First Lady. I believe this commentary did a great job in opening up that discussion and I pray that I will have time in the near future to comment a little more in depth.