Michelle Obama should’ve known that the mention of her Cuban and Asian designers was going to start a storm sooner or later. The thoughtful choice of two unknown designers that were also minority was tainted by the fact that there could have been an opportunity in there for a black up and coming designer as well.
Maybe the Obamas really feel that the playing field is closer than it has ever been to being even. Being at the helm of the most powerful nation could possibly do that to your thinking. But what is really the key to race relations in the U.S.? The nomination of a Black President is a start, but the acceptance of him will be even better.
The acceptance is the barrier that our votes could not knock down. Michelle has a right to choose who she wants for her clothes, but similar to the role models that we try to make out of our entertainers, she doesn’t have to extend anything to the black community. Now that we’re a new America it should be enough that she is simply interested in being fair.
I’d just like to see the Obama family put their own touches on the Presidency…on the White House. I would have liked to have seen Common perform during the inauguration or possibly Frankie Beverly and Maze rather than the “quartet.” Their choices go a long way in what everyone, including us, will feel is acceptable. Hopefully, there will be a hall in the White House that is completely dedicated to Africa and a pail of black paint placed on the White House porch…even if it will never be used it will make a statement. Don’t you agree? See here what’s prompting all the headache.