Hey lady, your racism is showing

The Friday Photo
A weekly photo inspired by art, community, and spontaneity
August 31, 2012

The First Family, official White House photo

Yesterday on NPR a story aired about Romney’s speech before a veteran’s convention in Indiana. The report focused in part on the challenges Obama has winning the support of older veterans.

A woman married to a vet, Bobbie Lucier from Manassas, Virginia said this when asked about the President, “I don’t like him, can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife. She’s far from the First Lady. It’s about time we get a First Lady in there who acts like a First Lady and looks like a First Lady.”

Mrs. Lucier didn’t say what a First Lady should look like, or how she should act, but what she said about Michelle Obama did speak volumes about what Mrs. Lucier thinks a First Lady shouldn’t look like.

What I think I heard Mrs. Lucier say is she doesn’t like either of the Obamas because they are black.

Mrs. Lucier, your racism was on display to the world yesterday thanks to NPR. Ari Shapiro should have asked a follow-up question about what a First Lady should look like and how she should act. That’s an answer I would love to hear.

 

 

 

 

 

About Katherine Helms Cummings

During the day I am a social and environmental activist whose professional work has been in the nonprofit world for the last 12 years. Most nights and weekends I am an artisan making accessories with upcycled cashmere and woven textiles. My handmade items are available at The Sassy Gal http://thesassygal.org
This entry was posted in ethics, politics, Progressive, racism, social justice, The Friday Photo, women and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Hey lady, your racism is showing

  1. Pingback: Hey lady, your racism is still showing (a follow up to The Friday Photo, August 31, 2012) | Rural and Progressive

  2. Lauren Waits says:

    Katherine, I am so glad someone else heard that the same way I did. The only way to explain this woman’s comments were to interpret them as racist. Michelle Obama is a graceful, compassionate leader who occasionally dances, goofs around, and hugs anyone who wants her embrace. Your suggested follow-up question would have been PERFECT and Ari Shapiro could have benefited from your advice!