You may remember that a few Topeka KS. students tried to block the First Lady from speaking at their graduation because-Brown v. Board of Education or something. Well, she compromised and she gave a marvelous speech. But as usual, right wing heads are exploding because she dared to go where no man...oh, forget it.
Remember, giving the Speech yesterday was a compromise after the “Mrs. Obama would outshine my son” or the “She doesn’t know our kids,” etc. comments by some parents and agitation by some students themselves.
The crowd went crazy with applause and cheers when First Lady Michelle Obama introduced former HSS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and thanked her for a great job, but very well deserved boos when the Rethuglican Gov. Sam Brownback was mentioned.
“We know that today in America, too many folks are still stopped on the street because of the color of their skin, or they're made to feel unwelcome because of where they come from, or they're bullied because of who they love.”
Mrs. Obama challenged the students (and everyone for that matter) to speak up against racism, homophobia, and bigotry, etc.
“As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices because they've only been around folks like themselves, when you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they've never heard any other viewpoints, it's up to you to help them see things differently.”
There is no greater truth with her conclusion in today's America, and what we must continue to fight.
“The truth is that Brown versus Board of Ed isn't just about our history, it's about our future. Because while the case was handed down 60 years ago, Brown is still being decided every single day — not just in our courts and schools, but in how we live our lives.”
Michelle Obama was speaking on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education so any normal person wouldn't find anything wrong with that. However, not all people are created equally in the brain cell department. See, to the conservative media, it's never a good time to talk about racism, especially when it's an important date in our history and Laura Ingraham led the way of the unenlightened after the First Lady spoke.
Talking About Race makes You A Racist:
Fox contributor and radio host Laura Ingraham attacked Obama's remarks as a "negative, cynical speech" that told kids their family members "were probably racists." Ingraham concluded that Obama was really just "projecting" her own racist beliefs.
Washington Times' Joseph Curl castigated the First Lady for "injecting race and racism" into her speeches, because to her the world is "all about skin color":
For Michelle Obama, the world is also black and white. But her black and white is all about skin color.She talks about it often, incessantly, even, injecting race and racism into speeches and events in which they have no business. And she did so again on Friday, when she traveled to Topeka, Kansas, to deliver a speech to graduating high school seniors.[...]For the first lady, her glass is always half empty. Rather than use the anniversary of Brown v. Board to, say, marvel at the progress over the last 60 years and, say, point out that America has twice elected a black president, Shelly O instead chose to wallow in discontent and bitterness.
Glenn Beck's outfit writes: Michelle Obama Would Like Students to Monitor Family Members for Racial Insensitivity