The Right Wing Fears Black Women? A Must Read…

10 Jul

Happy Thursday Friends:

the piece below was forwarded to me on one of the many networks I belong to…I had to share and look forward to your comments. Feel free to send comments as well to its author, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Co-Chair of the Black Women for Obama Network at .

E. Faye Williams



Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.

We continue to hear about the ensuing attacks of the right wing on Michelle Obama. Since when have right-wingers been afraid of Black women-or any Presidential candidate’s spouse? Black women have always been the caretakers of choice for their children from birth to adulthood. They’ve always entrusted Black women to cook their food and to run their households. Some even considered Black women to be their confidantes. So, how did they become afraid of us in the person of Michelle Obama?

Might it have something to do with the discovery that Michelle is a very highly educated, intelligent, phenomenal, dynamic, beautiful, brilliant, Black woman? Does it have something to do with her obvious love and respect for her husband with whom she’s not afraid to show that she has a special relationship? Does it have something to do with the fact that she does more than just stand slightly behind him gazing at him as though she could not move without his being there to lead her? Is it because she is an independent woman who has thoughts of her own without a script?

Why do they find it necessary to distort what Michelle actually said about “being really proud of her country for the first time in her adult life”? Is it that they don’t understand the English language and its rules? Have they never heard of being proud, prouder or proudest? It’s a question of degrees. Don’t they know that to be “really proud” is the highest degree of pride? That’s what Michelle was expressing. She didn’t say that she had never before been proud of her country. She couldn’t possibly have been in the highest state of pride all the time. No one is.

If Cindy McCain and right wingers have “always been proud of this country“, that’s really scary. Did they ever hear of the time when women in this country were not allowed to vote? Did they ever hear of the time when Black people could not vote, ride public transportation, live in any neighborhood they chose, eat in certain restaurants, enter through front doors and were denied equality of opportunity and justice? Do they know about the period of lynching? Did they hear about the concentration camps? Did they hear about the “Trail of Tears? Are they really proud of those times? If so, heaven help! I doubt that even Senator McCain would say he has always been proud of his country. Maybe people like Bill O’Reilly, Pat Buchanan and Tucker Carlson should ask them if they were proud of those not so long ago periods in our history.

Yes, I know that Senator Obama is trying to move us beyond those periods in time toward something better, and we who are Obama supporters want very much to do that too, but surely even Cindy McCain and the right-wingers cannot deny those things happened. Were they really proud then? I am a Black woman like Michelle Obama, and while I love this country, I certainly cannot say I am proud of everything my country has ever done. So, lay off Michelle Obama. She’ll be one of the finest First Ladies this country has ever known, and women all over this country and this world are proud of her accomplishments. We’d rather hear about ending the war, putting the economy back on track, resolving the housing and healthcare crises, fixing the problems created by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, educating all of our young people, and ending racism and sexism once and for all. Really!

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. is a National Obama Surrogate and Co-Chair of the Black Women for Obama Network.

Enough said. Your thoughts…


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