Political Cartoon from Garrison's Twitter Account.

On The Blatant Racism of Garrison’s Political Cartoon of Michelle Obama

On May 13, Ben Garrison released a racist photo that compared the First Lady Michelle Obama to Melania Trump. While Melania was depicted as the epitome of femininity, the First Lady was depicted as a muscular brute, a thing to be feared and unwanted. As President Obama’s second term in the White House comes to an end, we are left to reflect on mainstream media’s treatment of FLOTUS and what that means for young Black girls in America.

Michelle Obama Gardening

Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Visits To Elementary Schools In D.C.

The most endearing thing about President Barack Obama doesn’t have anything to do with him directly. It’s actually his family, especially his wife, Michelle Obama.

Over the past few years, the First Lady has danced with kids in the White House and even made an appearance on popular kids shows. If you were somehow under the belief that she wasn’t absolutely the coolest First Lady ever, a recent video showing her surprising elementary school students should change that.

ICYMI: Raven-Symoné Says ‘Some People Look Like Animals’

Raven-Symoné doesn’t seem to think comparing Michelle Obama to an ape is racist.

Last week, Univision news anchor Rodner Figueroa was fired after comparing Michelle Obama to an ape from Planet of the Apes while on air. There’s a long history of racist, dehumanizing tropes that compare black people to animals.

On The View, Symoné was unconvinced when Rosie Perez said that there is racism in Latino communities and that this incident was a clear case of racism.

“But was he saying it racist-like? Because he said he voted for her later. And I don’t think he was saying it racist. Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals. So can I be mad if someone called me Toucan Sam,” Symoné joked.

Yes, Raven. Maybe you should be.

 

Photo: Raven-Symoné/Facebook

FLOTUS: Obama Presidency ‘Changes the Bar’ For Our Youth

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

From the Washington Post:

“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”

Michelle Obama Confronts Heckler at Fundraiser; Threatens to Leave

FLOTUS, Michelle Obama had a run-in with a heckler during a Democratic fundraiser yesterday.

According to reports, Mrs. Obama threatened to leave the fundraiser after confronting a protester who interrupted her planned speech:

 

“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”

Michelle Obama at Bowie State: Too many young people “fantasize about being a baller or a rapper”

First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement speech at Bowie State University in Maryland this weekend.

Her speech highlighted the long struggle for educational opportunities for African Americans, led by figures like Frederick Douglas, Dr. King, Ruby Bridges, and the Little Rock Nine.

Later, in a Bill Cosby-esque move, the FLOTUS called out black youth for fantasizing about being a “baller or a rapper,” and called for a renewed hunger for education.