Black women, Michelle Obama is certain that you have her husband’s back in this election. During a roundtable this week in Leesburg, Virginia, Michelle discussed several topics, including Barack’s debate performance and the support he receives from Black women.

During the 2008 election, 95 percent of African-Americans voted for President Obama. There’s also no surprise that out of that 95 percent, the majority of them were Black women. Michelle believes that Black women once again show up to support Barack.  During the roundtable, Michelle stated:

“There’s definitely urgency this election, but I think the urgency is different from 2008. In the first election, there was urgency, pride, and being a part of history with electing the first Black African-American [President] and having a Black family in the White House and having a First Lady that women could identify with. But now it is about something bigger. For me, when I talk to Black women, when I see them out there, the issues are the same. It’s fighting about health care. The issue of health reform is a Black women’s issue. In so many instances, not only do you have gender disparities, but you have race disparities. If you look at breast cancer and the like, many of us [Black women] get it [illness] in a more dramatic form. Many of us are still [late in] getting preventative care and doing our mammograms. And then if you don’t have access to preventative care, you don’t have a regular doctor; you’re not able to go to a nutritionist. Then we catch our diseases way down [the road]. We’re Stage 4 by the time we are diagnosed.”

Michelle also understands that besides health care, other issues affect the black community as well. From education, to the unemployment rates, she feels that Barack is the best choice for the Black community:

“Employment, is a huge issue for us. Making sure that we are on the right track, that we aren’t balancing the budget and lowering the deficit at the expense of education for our children. It is important that we are bolstering the public school system, which many of our children are coming out from. College is big for Black women and so many of us, me, my husband, we could not have gone to college without financial aid and that’s true for so many of us, Black, White, Blue, Green, you name it. But it is particularly true [for Black people] because so many of us are still first-generation college kids. There are Black women who didn’t go to college because their parents weren’t willing to sign the FASFA [Free Application for Student Aid form] and have their financial package looked at. Many Black women are going through college all alone coming out on the other end with so much debt, and you can’t even think about buying a home even if you are a lawyer because you are trying to pay down $100,000 to $200,000 on loans.”

As a Black woman, and a Democrat, these issues are definitely focal points for me this election season, but I also know not all Black women share the same political views. Just a random look at the Clutch comment section can show you that.  But in the same breath, I also know these issues aren’t only important to Black women, but women of all backgrounds.

How do you feel about Michelle Obama’s statement? Was it presumptuous?

 

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  • paul

    Wow I’ve found some other Obama objectors on this site at last.

    good

    Oh and on the – “Obama is the lesser of two evils” thing –

    no

    he’s not he lesser of two evils.

    Romney is not worse than Obama.

    The presidential debates proved that. Everything Obama said can be summed up in six words –

    “me and Rom agree on that”.

    which is why I felt like I’d taken a snooze pill after watching.

    The only “differences” between Rom and Bam are on fringe distraction “issues” like gay marriage and abortion. On the stuff that affects most people’s lives – the economy, jobs, education, civil liberties and foreign policy (relevant home and abroad) you couldn’t put a hairs width difference between em.

    On black people’s issues eg mass incarceration, poverty, racism – the difference is less than that. It might even be that Romney is the lesser of two evils on this score.

    Sending his mrs out to rally the black female vote around issues his government should be addressing is a new low in the condescension and disregard he’s shown to black voters and their concerns.

    Counting on black women to be so politically unsophisticated that they can be appeased by having someone who looks like them talk to them directly and pretend to be doing things on their behalf – or maybe just content that someone who looks like them is –

    “Mom in chief”.

    Which wouldn’t be too far fetched a presumption given some of the fawning and undue praise Mrs Obama has received in some black female circles.

    So what are the alternatives?

    Many

    withhold your vote from both parties, never let em take your vote as a given or as a loss. Never let em assume they’ll get your vote no matter what they don’t do for you. Never let em write your vote off as an ungetable part of a 47% block.

    Use protest vote tactics, vote for third parties. Or better yet, set up own your parties and field your own candidates.

    But then as I always say

    most nigros (and everyone else for that matter ) prefer to let other people do their thinking for them which is why WE black people, spend most of time our time firing other people’s arrows at other each other, instead of engaging in collective struggle to build unity and strength.

    We haven’t done collective struggle of late, what we do is collective acquiescence, which leads to apathy, dependency, despair and then . . . . whatever the notorious “they” decide to do with you after that.

    but carry on though . . .

    • Downsouth Transplant

      @ Paul, Sheesh, tell me how you really really feel about this! LOL
      It is true, they both at the debate were almost a shade alike too much for my comfort, made me look at the third candidate dude’s platform now, whomever he is!