The Audacity of Hood

Michelle Obama gave a helluva speech at the Democratic National Convention last night.

It was passionate, it was heartfelt, and it was honest.

More than anything I was struck by the love this woman has for her husband… it feels real, and that’s refreshing after having to observe the marriage-of-convenience types like Bill and Hillary, as well as Cindy and John.

I was left with the impression that no matter what path Barack Obama had chosen in life- be it that of a great politician or a more humble blue-collar laborer, Michelle Obama would love him no less.

BUT (come on, you had to know it was coming)-

In perusing today’s headlines, reading people’s thoughts with regards to Michelle’s words from yesterday evening, I find myself growing more and more frustrated… wait, agitated… no, downright furious.

What in God’s name is with those of you who are so “surprised” at how “articulate” and “well-spoken” she is?

Or, my personal favorite, “Wasn’t Michelle in that movie Boyz in the Hood?”

Ahh, ignorance at it finest.

These are the same people who would tell you in an instant that racism no longer exists in this country.

Yet somehow it’s still possible for an African American- despite her Ivy League education- to shock millions of people when she steps to the podium at the DNC and…

Lord help me…

… does not commence to shuckin’ and jivin’.

Where’s the Ebonics? Where are all the grammatical errors?

Aww damn…

Don’t tell me this woman can actually speak the King’s English!

Her name is Michelle Obama, not Aunt Jemima.

As a child she skipped second grade and then later went on to attend college at both Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

She has more education than the vast majority of the people in this nation- hell, world– and yet, because her skin is brown, she’s somehow expected to be… what? 

Stupid?

Ignorant?

Ghetto?

Now had she been Ivy League educated and stood at that podium talking about how she “don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies”, that would have been shocking…

Or perhaps had she started her speech with a hearty shout-out to her peeps back in the ‘hood, reprezentin’ the “SOUTH SIEEED!”, fist pumped in the air…

I’d have given all y’all a free pass…

It’s almost as if people expected her to show up to this thing with a 40 oz. of Olde English (OE for those who know wuz up) in hand, opening comments being, “Imma need to pour a li’l liquor out for da homies”.

The fact is, she wasn’t going to do any of those things… and that so many people actually expected such a show from her is… well…

Disgusting.

The audacity…

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