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03:47 PM on 04/15/2008
I'm horrified at the thought of having a negro Jimmy Carter as president.
04:09 PM on 04/15/2008
Negro? Who are you Strom Thurman?
Always happy Lib!
02:12 PM on 04/16/2008
LOL. Nah...that would be Strom's daughter.
04:11 PM on 04/15/2008
I'm horrified that you are allowed to vote and drive a car with such diminished mental capacity, but I'll live...
03:46 PM on 04/15/2008
in all honesty it is not a black man's world...I am from africa and being in the states since's tough being black....
memoirs of a black man written in blood and ink
04:47 PM on 04/15/2008
blackpope, i hear you and i am sorry about this. I have not had opportunities to know many black people in my life and much what I know about race came from secondary experiences. But I am for one feel so hopeful now that Obama is running for President of America. I will join millions of Obama supporters to work for true justice and equality for all races and genders and all walks of faith. Let's work together!
05:36 PM on 04/15/2008
Absolutely. It is Obama that gives us hope that we can all get past this.
03:28 PM on 04/15/2008
I like the candor expressed in this article. It would be nice if after becoming First Lady that Michelle would invite this young woman and her family to speak privately with her about their past and future.
Always happy Lib!
02:13 PM on 04/16/2008
If I was Mrs. Obama, I would invite them, but I'd tell them that they had to come in through the back door.
03:26 PM on 04/15/2008
The article was interesting and horrifying at the same time. People were so quick to jump on Michelle Obama's thesis as being "hyper racial" and brand her as some militant Black woman..but it is articles like this where people come right out and admit to being blatantly racist against her and not even wanting to share a room with her because she is Black shows that she wasn't imagining this stuff.

I commend the two women for admitting to the error of their ways and being a part of the article that will hopefully shed more light about how far we have come. It makes me think of how some of the hateful people right now doing everything they can to stop Obama because of their racist views are going to feel when they realize they ended up on the wrong side of history.
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03:24 PM on 04/15/2008
I can see a beginning to the recounting of many stories like this, and it's necessary to talk about it.

It reminds me of the story my mother (a White woman from Albuquerque) likes to tell about visiting her godmother in Atlanta back in the 1960s. She was read the riot act for sitting in the back seat with the Black help rather than up front with the other White people, even though there was more room in the back.

Of course, having lived my whole life in the Southwest, including some time in that polyglot known as California, I am convinced that the racial dialog this country needs is far more complex than simply Black-White relations.
Do unto others ...
04:33 PM on 04/15/2008
I remember meeting my future sister-in-law, a Black Panther (quite a few years ago) and there I was, a white Australian with her brother! Initially it was difficult but in time we became friends.

It was a shock to me when my mother said, upon seeing a photo of my future husband, "well he's not that black is he?" As if that made it so much better! Of course there was racism in my family but that didn't lessen my love for them. They were some of what Obama called, the "typical white" people. Not a slur, but a reality.

Our children, of course, have had difficult times with prejudice also but luckily are strong, partly due to having had to overcome this.

Obama's speech on race will hopefully cause more dialogue so that people can lean from each other and possibly become more open in the process.
Forced left by the right
05:05 PM on 04/15/2008
Yes, that is true. We must work to create an all-inclusive dialogue. Having said that, there is nothing more central to America's founding identity than then Black/White divide as expressed in our unperfected union. If we can bridge that gap, then we can accomplish anything.
it's magic, baby
03:19 PM on 04/15/2008
Very nice article. This just points to the fact that we are not that far from segregation. It was not even a lifetime ago.

Key quote: "If I had been treated the same way blacks have been treated," she says, "I'd be resentful, too."

Most white people don't understand black frustration and anger because they've NEVER EXPERIENCED what it's like.
03:48 PM on 04/15/2008
I disagree. Many (didn't say most) white people don't understand black frustration and anger because they don't WANT to understand it. It's not even about racism. It's about a society that has based its national identity on having a superior morality having to deal with living manifestations of how far from that identity they actually are.

It's a variation of the Upton Sinclair quote:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his nationalism depends upon his not understanding it."
03:14 PM on 04/15/2008
I can tell you from experience, as an Army veteran, that some of these people who have never been out of their pickup truck and country music loving small towns do exhibit 'angst' when they are "surrounded" by so many people different from them, not necessarily just black people, but all people that are "different". All American's but different. I think the places where these people are from are the breeding ground of the politics of fear. Sad but true. It works both ways too, minorities who have never been out of their neighborhoods stick together in Military. But ultimately they all bond out of necessity and stereotypes are broken because they are all forced to work together and rely on each other. Too bad that the rest of America doesn't realize that we must work together and rely on each other like we do in the military.
Some people are wise, and some are otherwise.
03:10 PM on 04/15/2008
This is such a great article, kudos to Ms. Brown and Ms. Donnelly for their compassion and forthrightness. There is hope that our children will see people, not color. And Ms. Donnelly, I love that you are comfortable being open in your sexuality and wish you the best. I have two gay children, who just want to live their lives being happy and successful: contributing members of society. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Proud "Liberal"
03:05 PM on 04/15/2008
Reason one to teach your kids to have & show respect for others, have good manners and etiquette, you never know who your next boss, or First Lady might be.
11:26 PM on 04/15/2008
02:57 PM on 04/15/2008
this was a great article, i'm glad to see her forward thinking and progress over the years. She has yet a ways to go, but there has definitely been progress with her and her mother.
02:52 PM on 04/15/2008
I must commend the writer for a well written article. He pulled the story together nicely.

Now, the question for the MSM who loves to portray Michelle Obama in a negative way, which family and circle of friends were/are the bigots?

Look in the mirror first before criticizing Michelle Obama. There was a powerful and profound message sent by her not granting the interview. Sometimes, people need to think and reflect on the what ifs.

Give Hope a chance!
03:55 PM on 04/15/2008
I agree. I don't understand why the press is so negative on Michelle. She speaks her mind and is not a politician measuring her words. At least she's authentic and doesn't tell lies. She's a brilliant woman who worked her way up against all odds and is a great example for young women.
04:58 PM on 04/15/2008
You have to understand...the "press' are made up of people just like Michele's roommate, and unlike her former roommate, most journalist are unable or unwilling to face their bias.
Always happy Lib!
07:12 PM on 04/15/2008
They are rough on her for the same reason they were so rough on Hillary Clinton when she was first lady. Clinton was the first First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt that didn't "sit down and shut up". She was a professional, like Michelle Obama, and actually has/had something to say. Then she was given, by her husband, the task of trying to repair the health care system in this country, when little ladies were supposed to be seen and not heard. Men don't like it when women appear more intelligent than them. We all knew this from High School. The dim bimbos got all the prom dates. The Braniacs got revenge....fifteen years later.
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02:51 PM on 04/15/2008
The room mate's mother said it, not the room mate.
06:04 PM on 04/15/2008
Facts? Don't bother with the trivial.

Who cares when you're in the midst of a love fest like this.
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02:38 PM on 04/15/2008
I certainly feel Ms. Donnelly has made some progress, but one comment she makes to me says she still has a ways to go --- "I'm still not comfortable with inter-racial marriage", to me that says she's still carry some racist baggage I'm afraid.
Some people are wise, and some are otherwise.
03:11 PM on 04/15/2008
Yes, she is, but she admits it, and is working on it. Besides, what great strides she has made. And opened up about it too. I admire her.
03:37 PM on 04/15/2008
"She has a way to go" -

No, she will never get there. It is the nature of the beast. Racism will die underground eaten by maggots as the older generation take their backwards ways into the grave with them.

In the meantime it is important for younger people to take control of their future and realize that they have no need to live life with a ball and chain attached like their parents did. The world is completely different from what it was when the older generation grew up and what is required to succeed now is a different attitude while we wait for the oldsters to jump in their graves.
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03:07 AM on 04/16/2008
Plutorage - I agree the younger generation's hear all this and wonder what the hell are they talking about LOL. I do believe that the answer to racial issues is this country will fade into the sunset with every new generation.
02:33 PM on 04/15/2008
Great story. Lives were transformed, and many more lives are being transformed. United we stand, . . .
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04:02 PM on 04/15/2008
i agree...great story. i just had my 17 year old daughther who's heading off to college soon also read this story
02:28 PM on 04/15/2008
Missed opportunity is all I can say to Donnelly! This is what will happen to America, if we continue to judge Obama by the color of his skin, and not by his actions, and the direction he can take America. I'm sure Mrs Obama's new roommate is smiling today, that she chose to think and act outside the box.
02:43 PM on 04/15/2008
couldn't have it said better myself - if Obama is not our nation's next president, it will most certainly be a missed opportunity for America!!!
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04:39 PM on 04/15/2008
Very well said. We all have an opportunity to step up to the plate and take a huge step in reducing racism around the world. I'm not saying anyone should vote Obama because he is black, but to look in your heart and make sure you are not against him because he is half black. (Go Obamas)

50's caucasion woman
12:04 PM on 04/17/2008
How are you going to "reduce racism," around the world???