• Michelle Obama uses Graduation Speech to Whine about Raaaacism

    Michelle Obama complained about being held to a different standard than other candidates’ wives during the 2008 campaign because of her race, during her commencement speech at Tuskegee University on Saturday.

    “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,” Obama said.  “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?”

    Obama said she and her husband have faced “frustrating” racism, which is “a heavy burden to carry.”

    “We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives,” she said. “The folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety; the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores; the people at formal events who assumed we were the ‘help’ — and those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country.”

    She warned students that no matter how hard they work or where they rise to in life, for some people it won’t be enough, which is the fuel for the racial controversies being played out in several American cities.

    “All of that is going to be a heavy burden to carry. It can feel isolating. It can make you feel like your life somehow doesn’t matter … And as we’ve seen over the past few years, those feelings are real,” she said. “They’re rooted in decades of structural challenges that have made too many folks feel frustrated and invisible, and those feelings are playing out in communities like Baltimore and Ferguson and so many others across this country.”

    Obama added that she has since learned to focus on her “own truth,” and suggested that the graduates of Tuskegee University, a historically black university, will have to do the same in life.

    In the end, she said, she realized all the negativity was just “noise.”


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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