Apparently we’re in a post-racial world and Michelle Obama didn’t get the memo.
The First Lady spoke at the 2015 Black Girls Rock Awards, held Saturday March 28, and she is coming under fire from fans on Instagram, where her team posted photos from the event.
“I am all for the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, I just don’t see how alienating an oppressed group i.e. women by focusing on a subset of that group, helps anyone.”
“If a white person posted this and it said white girls rock…the sh‑t would hit the fan.”
“Black Girls Rock is leaving out all other girls of color. Brown is a color, yellow is a color, red is a color and yes, white is still a color. One day racism will end because we no longer NOTICE the color of our fellow human beings. ALL girls rock.”
The Black Girls Rock Awards were started in 2006 by former DJ and model Beverly Bond and are an offshoot of Black Girls Rock! Inc, a non profit mentoring organization dedicated to counteracting negative media images of black women.
The First Lady has made the empowerment of young girls through education a key part of her platform. Her Instagram account also includes photos of her visiting female high school students in Cambodia…
“These young women here are the reason why the President and I and so many around the world are pushing to get more girls educated…You all are living proof that we can’t afford to let this kind of talent go unsupported.” —The First Lady to inspiring girls that are working hard everyday to get an education in Cambodia. #LetGirlsLearn
And showcasing female high school students in Guatemala and Paraguay…
Graduation day in Guatemala! This group of girls was very excited to be graduating from Basico, the local middle school in the village of San Andres Xecul where @PeaceCorps volunteers help teach the students. #LetGirlsLearn
A photo posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on
To celebrate new steps to help #LetGirlsLearn across the globe, we’ll be posting @PeaceCorps photos here over the next week. To start off the series in Paraguay, these students had just asked their Peace Corps volunteer to march with them in their school’s annual parade. That school, Escuela John F. Kennedy, was named for the President who founded the Peace Corps in 1961.
The White House hasn’t issued a response and we can only hope the First Lady is unbothered. She looked fabulous at the event.
The Black Girls Rock Awards will air April 5 on BET.
Ladies, what are your thoughts? Are people right to be upset? Why or why not?