Why Don’t White Girls Rock???

Why Don’t White Girls Rock???

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Michelle Obama

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP), March 28, 2015 — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
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“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.
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“I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”

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Obama acknowledged as much in her speech to celebrate three young honorees.

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“I know there are voices that you are not good enough,” she said, acknowledging that she often lacked self-confidence growing up despite encouraging parents.

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“Each of those doubts was like a test,” she said, “that I either shrink away from or rise to meet.  And I decided to rise.”

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Obama, who recently completed a trip to Japan and Cambodia as part of her worldwide push for better educational opportunities for girls, lauded the young honorees for excelling in their studies.

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“There is nothing more important than being serious about your education,” the Ivy League-educated Obama said. “That’s why I am able to stand here tonight. … I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.”

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Well, okay, I’m probably going to get yelled at for even talking about this, but it’s not like it’s the FIRST time I’m going to get yelled at…

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OBVIOUS QUESTION #1:  Would anyone take issue with Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, or Nancy Reagan going on WET (White Entertainment Television) and uttering the following comments into a microphone?

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“I am so proud of you.   My husband, your president, is so proud of you.  We have so much hope and dreams for you.  There
is nothing more important than being serious about your education.   That’s why I am able to stand here
tonight.  

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I want every one of our white girls do to the same, and our white boys.  

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White girls rock!”

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OBVIOUS QUESTION #2:  Mrs. Obama’s statements found above ‘imply’ that she and her husband have actually done SOMETHING intended to make life better for black youths in America.  Mrs. Obama and Mr. Obama are proud of black girls (who, as you already know, ROCK!) in America.  So, after six years of an Obama Administration and Democratic majority leadership in Congress for a bunch of them, how are blacks 16-19 years of age actually DOING in America when compared to white youths (who, presumably, do NOT rock!)?

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                                             02/2014    02/2015

White unemployment 16 – 19 both sexes:     18.4%                15%

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Black unemployment 16 – 19 both sexes:       32.8%                30% 

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Over the past 12 months white unemployment has fallen (slightly) by 19% while black unemployment has plummeted by…    

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Nearly 9%!

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SOURCE:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table A-2

I guess that having ‘hopes and dreams’ for black young people does not translate into an improved life for black young people?  But keep those hopes and dreams coming kids!

NOTE:  For anyone interested in stray facts, youth unemployment for whites in 2007 was 9.3%.  Unemployment for blacks was 20.7% under George W. Bush.  Four years AFTER the official end of the Great Recession both black and white youth unemployment remains roughly 50% higher for both races than at the beginning of the ‘GR’…    

OBVIOUS QUESTION #3:  From the article quoted above, “Obama,
who recently completed a trip to Japan and Cambodia as part of her
worldwide push for better educational opportunities for girls, lauded
the young honorees for excelling in their studies.
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Given the disparity between black and white youth unemployment here in the United States of America, shouldn’t FLOTUS be pushing for better educational opportunities and jobs for youths here in America?  After all, these kids are going to have to pay for her world-wide travel expenses. And, they had better dang-well get educated so they can get a job and retire their portion of the $59,746 that EACH American owes towards the National Debt of $18+ TRILLION (the majority of which has been added by this President).

In the end it all boils down to the same thing.  This President, the last President, or any President for that matter, is the leader of America.  He / she is NOT the leader of White-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, or even Illegal-Americans – he / she is the leader of America.  Drop the dang hyphen please, after decades of it, it’s beginning to tick me off.

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A day after hearing about the upcoming BET (April 5th – I’ll be there!) special I remain ‘kind of surprised’ by Michelle Obama’s quote about wanting every black girl and black boy to ‘do well’.  Why can’t she say that she wants all children to succeed?  Do only blacks watch shows on BET?  Why do the Obamas always return to the well to remind us that they are (mostly) non-white?  

I understand that 93% of blacks voted for the President in the 2012 election, but is / was this support based upon the President’s character, or solely based upon the color of his skin?  

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But I’m thinking that whites voted for this President also, so, you know, where’s the love for people of a lesser-color?  If I’m being totally honest with you, I’m not exactly white.  I’m thinking that Ghosts might actually be white, or perhaps even shades of misty gray.  But I’m thinking that I’m more of a ‘pale-peachy color’ guy who sometimes gets a bit ‘peachier blush’ when I see / read articles about leaders (and their spouses) who constantly point out the differences between us, rather than focusing on the similarities between all of us.

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I am an American.  And yes, like a lot of other Americans, I am just peachy.

Thanks for noticing me.   

 

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My name is Mike Kane. I've been writing stories for years. Most are a release valve from the weirdness of everyday life. Some of these will find their way here, others will fade off into the ether. A select few will be sent via e-mail directly to friends, family, and sometimes complete strangers (you have been warned (assuming that you are 'completely strange')). I've been in Sales all of my adult life. Sometimes sales are good, sometimes sales are bad, but in reality, 'life' is always good (regardless of sales). Well, 'LIFE' is a lot better than the alternative, at least. p.s.: No cows were injured in the generation of this blog. However, a trace amount of methane was released moments ago... For this, if nothing else, I am sorry.

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