Black women, Michelle Obama is certain that you have her husband’s back in this election. During a roundtable this week in Leesburg, Virginia, Michelle discussed several topics, including Barack’s debate performance and the support he receives from Black women.
During the 2008 election, 95 percent of African-Americans voted for President Obama. There’s also no surprise that out of that 95 percent, the majority of them were Black women. Michelle believes that Black women once again show up to support Barack. During the roundtable, Michelle stated:
“There’s definitely urgency this election, but I think the urgency is different from 2008. In the first election, there was urgency, pride, and being a part of history with electing the first Black African-American [President] and having a Black family in the White House and having a First Lady that women could identify with. But now it is about something bigger. For me, when I talk to Black women, when I see them out there, the issues are the same. It’s fighting about health care. The issue of health reform is a Black women’s issue. In so many instances, not only do you have gender disparities, but you have race disparities. If you look at breast cancer and the like, many of us [Black women] get it [illness] in a more dramatic form. Many of us are still [late in] getting preventative care and doing our mammograms. And then if you don’t have access to preventative care, you don’t have a regular doctor; you’re not able to go to a nutritionist. Then we catch our diseases way down [the road]. We’re Stage 4 by the time we are diagnosed.”
Michelle also understands that besides health care, other issues affect the black community as well. From education, to the unemployment rates, she feels that Barack is the best choice for the Black community:
“Employment, is a huge issue for us. Making sure that we are on the right track, that we aren’t balancing the budget and lowering the deficit at the expense of education for our children. It is important that we are bolstering the public school system, which many of our children are coming out from. College is big for Black women and so many of us, me, my husband, we could not have gone to college without financial aid and that’s true for so many of us, Black, White, Blue, Green, you name it. But it is particularly true [for Black people] because so many of us are still first-generation college kids. There are Black women who didn’t go to college because their parents weren’t willing to sign the FASFA [Free Application for Student Aid form] and have their financial package looked at. Many Black women are going through college all alone coming out on the other end with so much debt, and you can’t even think about buying a home even if you are a lawyer because you are trying to pay down $100,000 to $200,000 on loans.”
As a Black woman, and a Democrat, these issues are definitely focal points for me this election season, but I also know not all Black women share the same political views. Just a random look at the Clutch comment section can show you that. But in the same breath, I also know these issues aren’t only important to Black women, but women of all backgrounds.
How do you feel about Michelle Obama’s statement? Was it presumptuous?