During an interview with Gayle King, Michelle Obama claimed that she had to “work harder than any First Lady” before or since.
The interview occurred during the 25th Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
Michelle Obama has been called many things but the label that she still resents having been given is that of the stereotypical “angry black woman”.
The former First Lady was being interviewed by Gayle King at the 25th Essence Music Festival in New Orleans when she brought up the stereotype that far too many African American women have been unfairly labeled with.
The Civil Rights Act was passed but the people of color are still facing a tough life compared to the others. Some people look at them like they don’t deserve a good life, when in fact, they worked hard to deserve it.
Black people and the other minorities have to work harder in order to prove that they also deserve to be treated like everyone else.
Obama told King she was portrayed as a woman who was “emasculating her husband” during the 44th president’s 2008 election campaign.
“For a minute there, I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband,” Obama recalled.
“As I got more popular, that’s when people of all sides – Democrats and Republicans — tried to take me out by the knees and the best way to do it was to focus on the one thing people were afraid of – the strength of a black woman.”
She has also addressed the topic in chapter 17 of her best-selling autobiography, ‘Becoming’.
“It was important to tell that part of the story because they see me and Barack now, but they don’t know how many punches it took us to get there,” Obama said about the memoir.
It is also reported that the Obamas used a ghost-writer as part of their combined $65 million publishing deal with Penguin Random House in 2017.
Obama was the first black woman in the role of First Lady of the United States. Her unique position in history meant she had to work especially hard to prove her credentials.
In a separate interview at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, she also said that both Democrats and Republicans have considered the “strength of a black woman” into a “caricature.”
Her critics said that she was nothing more than “an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband.” The former First Lady also discussed what black women from all across the country know.
“I had to prove that not only was I smart and strategic, but I had to work harder than any First Lady in history.” – Michelle Obama.
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