*Don’t mess with MSNBC news anchor Melissa Harris-Perry when it comes to her First Lady. She will quickly show you, she don’t play.
In an “open letter” directed squarely at Washington writer Michelle Cottle, who penned a cover story for this week’s POLITICO magazine titled “Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama became a feminist nightmare.” Harris-Perry fiercely defended Michelle Obama, asking the writer of the article, “Are you serious?”
“Given how simplistic your piece is, let me make this very simple: you are wrong,” Harris-Perry writes, as she shows how unrealistic it would be for Michelle Obama to “come roaring out of the White House battling for reproductive rights.” When Cottle dismissed some of the first lady’s signature projects as “fluff,” Harris-Perry emphasized the importance of “fighting childhood obesity, one of the biggest public health crises of our time.”
“You seem to think she is steering clear of the ‘Angry Black Woman’ stereotype,” Harris-Perry said to the racial implications in Cottle’s article. “But when she calls herself mom-in-chief, she is rejecting a different stereotype–-the role of Mammy,” she added, “So that can be your feminist nightmare, but it is my black motherhood dream.”
Harris-Perry drew a line in the sand between the white and black versions of feminism, and even hinted at how that divide could impact the 2016 presidential race if Hillary Clinton decides to jump in. “Before we enter the 2016 election cycle and the feminists come asking black women for our support for your candidate,” she said, “you might want to read up a bit on black women and our feminism.”
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