Michelle Obama Is Allowed to Be Disappointed in America

It's wrong to insist blacks 'go blank' on their own history
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 11:47 AM CST
Michelle Obama Is Allowed to Be Disappointed in America
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit the memorial for the Nov. 26, 2008 terror attack victims at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Of all the leaks from Sarah Palin's new book, one caught Richard Cohen's attention: the one where Palin supposedly chides Michelle Obama for a rather infamous remark she made during the 2008 campaign: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." Two years later, Palin and "too many others" still fail to understand that "this was not a statement of racism. This was a statement of fact," he writes for the Washington Post.

Our very own government enforced laws that allowed black slaves to be hanged for trivial crimes and whipped for trying to escape, "and yet if African Americans hesitate in embracing the mythical wonderfulness of America, they are accused of racism." Asks Cohen, "Why do politicians such as Palin and commentators such as Glenn Beck insist that African Americans go blank on their own history?" The moral of this story, for Cohen, is less about 2008 and more about 2012: Palin "could not be the president of black America nor of Hispanic America. She knows more about grizzlies than she does about African Americans—and she clearly has more interest in the former than the latter." (Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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