No McDouche, you’re wrong and you should have told that neanderthal he was wrong.
In an exclusive interview with Truthout about “Sister Citizen,” we asked Professor [Melissa] Harris-Perry [author of "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women." and rising star at MSNBC] about the challenge of racial stereotypes confronting Michelle Obama:
Professor Harris-Perry: … These stereotypes don’t exist because they are accurate representations of black women. They exist because they serve the goal of maintaining racial and gender inequality. You can’t overcome a stereotype by acting opposite of it. The point is not to convince other people that you are worthy of being a fully participating citizen, the point is to convince yourself of that truth and to act and organize accordingly.
Clearly, Michelle Obama is like Hillary Clinton, an Ivy League-educated undergraduate (Princeton) and attorney (Harvard Law School) – but she has to face stereotypes confronted both by women in general and black women in particular. Melissa V. Harris-Perry talks about the challenges facing “black women [who] attempt to stand upright in a room made by the crooked stereotypes” about them.
In doing so, whatever the interpretations from Kantor’s book, Michelle Obama has shown what Ernest Hemingway called “grace under pressure.”
That’s no stereotype; that’s the essence of character and integrity.
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I previously wrote a piece about a controversial menu honoring Black History Month that was posted at the NBC commissary.
There have been valid arguments for both sides of this story. However, I think Leslie Calhoun, the chef, wins the day on this one.
And now, thanks to GrrrlRomeo, we have a wonderful video that explains Ms. Calhoun’s decisions, in her own words.
There’s more here, follow the link:
One person who doesn’t understand how offense could be taken: Chef Leslie Calhoun. It was her decision to select the menu items and create the sign. TheGrio caught up with her minutes after the tweet fiasco erupted and she seemed genuinely upset by the whole thing. Calhoun is an African-American and employee of Flick, a catering service that runs the NBC commissary. She said that for the last eight years she’s been seeking approval from Flick management for a special Black History Month menu, and had finally been told that every Thursday for the month of February, she could serve whatever she chose. [...]
This isn’t the first time this year that fried chicken and collard greens on a menu have created a stir. Last month, Denver Public Schools experienced a backlash after announcing they would serve fried chicken and collard greens in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s good to have both sides aired. Fair and balanced and all that, right?
UPDATE HERE. Video of the chef that clears a lot of things up.
What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by serving up a steaming plateful of stereotype?
Questlove, the band leader and drummer for The Roots (the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) tweeted this picture from the NBC Commissary at 30 Rock, with the comment: “Hmm HR?”
Oh sorry. Apologized for anyone who was offended. Not only are they insensitive, they’re illiterate, too.
Good thing they removed it before only a million of us saw it. Whew! Close call.
Brought to you by the very same group that makes Al Franken a little jittery.
UPDATE: The apology came from someone who has a grand total of 9 followers on Twitter. I’m guessing it won’t be too effective.
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