The stark differences in how our current first lady is regarded and how our future first lady has been accepted is quite telling.
Classy, beautiful and intelligent are just a few words one might use to describe First Lady Michelle Obama—wrong, those terms that have been used to describe soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump. How about ugly, manly and ape—those are few of the words that some Americans have used to describe Michelle Obama.
Let’s first start with Melania Trump. Since being propelled into the spotlight: (1) Melania has been accused of lying under oath in regards to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in design and architecture. (2) We witnessed the Republican National Convention (R.N.C.) where Mrs. Trump plagiarized portions of a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama. (3) Previous photos of Melania from a Playboy photoshoot are circulating the internet, showing out soon-to-be First Lady completely nude.
Michelle Obama and her husband’s administration has gone eight years without scandal. She has graciously and eloquently handled any criticism directed towards her, her husband and children. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law, two prestigious universities. Despite her accomplishments some have minimized her to an “ape in heels,” a “poor gorilla” and even worse, “an ugly black b****”.
2016 has brought out the boldness in racists across America. The sad part of this is most of them don’t believe they’re racists. How many times have we experienced racism and the offender defends himself with the line, “I’m not racist, my best friend is black.”
Pam Ramsey Taylor defended herself by saying she didn’t refer to Mrs. Obama as an ape because of her skin color; she associated an ape with being unattractive. For some odd reason referring to African Americans as any form of monkey is the go-to insult for racist America.
Instead of focusing on color or attractiveness, let’s focus our attention on how each woman uses her platform. Let’s focus on their strength and perseverance in times of difficulty or when under public scrutiny.
“I’m looking forward to the day when America will mature to the point that we are a color-blind society. I’m not so sure that in politics that will ever be reality because politics has a way of separating us based on skin color” J.C. Watts