November 26th, 2008
03:33 PM ET

Michelle Obama breaks stereotypes

CNN's Randi Kaye examines how Michelle Obama may help break down stereotypes of black women.

Filed under: Michelle Obama • Randi Kaye • Raw Politics
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  1. KSuzanne

    Well of course she will, and how wonderful for America. As wonderful as her influence will be in painting a different view of black women, please remember she is a very accomplished upper middle class black woman. There are hundreds of thousands of black women living in the bowls of poverty. These women are the poorest, in the worse health, undereducated and a great number are raising children, that are not being properly educated, hungry, in poor health. Let us not be blind sighted by the extraordinary example of the Michelle Obama, she would be the first to remind everyone that there are many black women not as fortunate as her and are hard-working Americans that need their government to work for them as well! As a country there is much work to be done to level the playing field!

    KSuzanne from San Leandro

    November 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  2. c,ca

    Love her!! I think she will be a wonderful first lady.

    November 26, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  3. Larry

    Would Barack have grown up any different if he was the son of a black woman and white man?

    November 26, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  4. Mariah

    I love Michelle. She's such an intelligent woman. However, I don't think she cares about breaking any stereotypes for black women. She has much bigger fish to fry. Thats a job that black women need to do for themselves. This is coming from a Black woman. 🙂

    November 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  5. Emma

    Euh .... What are the stereotypes on white women? Paris Hilton? Britney? I like Amy Winehouse, at least she can sing!

    November 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  6. Fay, CA

    I'm sure the people who are talking about what "most" black people are or aren't probably don't have or want much contact with them in the first place, or have allowed a few bad personal experiences color their entire outlook. There are many successful and accomplished black people in the world–and no, they aren't exceptions, but people who have worked hard to achieve their dreams like Michelle and Barack Obama.

    November 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  7. Teneeshia

    It's a lot of ignorant people no matter what color they are. To be honest Mike how would you know if most black women or men are not like Michelle or Obama? Based on the media who always seem to show people of color in the negative light. It's a lot of black men who are doing great but the negative behavior that some participate in gets generalized as a culture thing vs some people. That's like me saying that "all white people are evil, prejudice, bitter and devils." But of course I know from working around and seeing different that all people are not the same. It's a lot of good white people just as their are bad and it's the same for blacks as well. Listen up, God didn't make any culture better than the other. Go figure, I do have a Bachelor's in Business.

    November 26, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  8. jim

    Obviously, both are racists Barack for his comment about his grand mother Typical White person. If I were to say typical black person, I would have lawsuits from Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, ACLU and NAACP agains me for discrimination. Michelle Obama for her complaining she was a token black in Harvard or Princeton. Give me a break. Therefore, there is no away she will break down stereotypes.

    November 26, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  9. Ericka

    good job, mike from nyc, for being the typical, stupid, racist idiots that make americans look like idiots in general. you wasted no time posting up a useless, uneducated thought. with no point or proof.

    November 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  10. concern/denver Colorado

    michelle will do just that ...but she will also do alot more than that ..Michelle is a very smart woman ....

    November 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  11. Mike in NYC

    Most black men are not like BO, and most black women are not like MO.
    Really, that's not rocket science for anyone in even marginal contact with reality.

    Most stereotypes have a basis in fact. Exceptions do not nullify them.

    November 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  12. Lamont austin

    Whats the stereotype black,beautiful, educated and strong? drop the black and beautiful and I still agree she breaks traditional stereotypes....

    relieved that we dont have republican leaders anymore

    November 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

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