Yesterday in Topeka, KS, First Lady Michelle Obama did not hold back or disappoint, and I tell you, heads must be blowing up in the RW world. 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.
She noted that her special assistant who travels with her all over the world, Kristen Jarvis, is the grandniece of Lucinda Todd, a leader with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Topeka in the 1940s and 1950s, the first parent to sign onto the lawsuit challenging the city's segregated schools. She said Todd, who died in 1996, is an example of people who "choose our better history."
Then Mrs. Obama talked about Brown V. Board in a way nobody else could or would. It's great not to be encumbered with the thoughts of reelection and campaign.
First Lady Michelle Obama drops the mic in Topeka
Yes, she went there – racism, stop and frisk, homophobia, bigotry! This is bold! The head of Rush Limbaugh and his minions must be exploding.
“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.”
I can not wait for Monday to hear the RW noise machine calling her the uppity angry black woman trying to indoctrinate American children.
11:02 AM PT: Tell me I am not having double vision. First time on the rec list, wow!
Never knew it could this humbling. Thank you, folks!