The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationwide survey asking black women how they viewed themselves in America today.
We’ve been fielding questions as to why this ongoing project was worth our efforts. Here are some comments from our readers:
tralbert3: Amazing. A book comes out referencing some unflattering activity on the part of the first lady and the Post responds with a "she's the best black woman" in America series. Since the public editor decided President Obama' public record must be examined they counter with this ain't she pretty series. So lame.
Kathy8: I really find the whole basis of this survey and this story to be extremely racist. WHY would any reputable organization even conduct such a survey in this day and age? Did the Post and the Kaiser foundation ever conduct a survey with similar questioning of white and black women about how much they identified with Laura Bush? I highly doubt it.
Nona34: I always had a problem with the New Yorker Magazine cover depicting Michelle Obama with a machine gun, an Afro, and a growl. (Saw it over a year ago, but not during the campaign.) I thought it was very discriminatory. I think a lot of women, especially women of color, can relate to the FLOTUS. And when she talks about her marriage and family, I believe most women would admit that they share the same desires and issues with wanting to raise great kids and striving to maintain balance in their lives.
Eaglechik: I did not care too much for the politics of previous administrations, and had a few jokes at their expense but I never had a bad word to say about any of the FLsOTUS. All of them did or said things to protect or come to the defense of their husbands as did/does the current first lady as would any wife worth her salt. However, I am not shocked by the comments on this story, of course many of them are the normal routine for the same angry people who will probably insult the children and the dog.
Keepitforreal: Why are black women subjects to be studied like Jane Goodall studied the chimpanzees? I never see surveys or articles like this about white women. Give me a break. Also funny that every time I read articles about the ever exotic black woman, I, a black woman, can never ever relate. Even though the survey was of 800 black women, doubtful that their views represent the masses.
slsmilsey1: It frustrates me, how these articles on women of color are never situated in a historical context. While I'm glad WP is writing about black women, most of the information is not new and does not transform the black community. This information indirectly perpetuates the same stereotypes, that no woman of color, including our First Lady, is immune from receiving on a daily basis. I refuse to believe that many black women are choosing careers over romantic relationships. Many of us are forced to focus on careers in an economy that has negatively impacted our community. Most of us were already in the recession, before it hit. This country has historically, devalued our contributions to the labor force. Can we read articles that praise black women (and men) for seeking higher education, navigating institutional racism and maintaining sustainable marriages and relationships within these challenging, economic times?
NoCountryNoGod: The oppression that black women experience is unique. They are discriminated against as women. They are discriminated against as blacks. What is more, they are discriminated against as black women. It is a category.
Rhymz_worange: I totally agree that entertainment TV promotes a lot of very harmful stereotypes for young women, and perhaps it is true that black women are especially targeted. So the first thing we need to do is stop watching, and thereby stop supporting, TV that promotes harmful stereotypes. If enough people refuse to watch these types of programs, producers will respond- after all they are willing to do pretty much whatever it takes to make money. We have a lot more power as consumers than we think we do.
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