Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at Tuskegee Institute was a shameless litany of all the problems blacks HAD over their history in America–and those she felt had personally harmed her. Allowing the thought that blacks have made ANY progress whatsoever, especially in the past fifty years, would be absolutely impossible in the world she and her husband inhabit.
The Tuskegee Institute is a relative success story among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU.) It was founded in 1881, and one of its driving forces was a former slave named Booker T. Washington, a man who recognized the opportunities that were presented to him, other former slaves, and their decedents in post-Civil War America. Washington was a leader of the African American community until his death in 1915.
One of Washington’s strongest enemies was W.E.B. Dubois, who Washington saw as a fake who was more interested in lining his pockets than helping black people. If he was alive today, Washington would be revolted by Michelle Obama’s “Woe is me and thee” speech, given at his beloved Tuskegee Institute. Here’s what Washington had to say about people like her and DuBois more than one hundred years ago.
There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
Michelle’s speech played on the fact that over the past fifty years, the HBCUs have become hand wringing, “hate White America” bastions where any hint of departing from liberal orthodoxy is attacked. She knew who her audience was.
She talked about “daily slights” and added: “those age-old problems are stubborn and they haven’t fully gone away.” These were two great slippery phrases like “hope and change.” Neither has any basis, but that is the idea – the audience will fill in the horror stories.
After whining about a cartoon depiction of her published almost eight years ago, she said, “…And at the end of the day, by staying true to the me I’ve always known, I found that this journey has been incredibly freeing.”
The irony of her list of complaints was underscored by the reaction of a rapper named Tef Poe, who said, “…the truth still remains she is the first lady of the United States of America.” Michelle Obama has become a very wealthy woman who lives like a queen in America–and not everyone, white or black, buys her whining.
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