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Michelle Obama on Being Labelled an “Angry Black Woman”

michelle-obamaDuring her much-anticipated final White House interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama opened up about what it was like to be labelled an “angry black woman” during her tenure as first lady.

Last month, the New York Times Style section used the term “angry black woman” in a tweet about the first lady; one that has since been deleted. This isn’t the first time that publications associated with The New York Times have used the term when mentioning Mrs. Obama; in 2012, a book written by a New York Times reporter hinted the same; however, the First Lady, hailed internationally as one of the classiest First Ladies in presidential history, shared a mature, refreshing and down-to-earth perspective on an issue that she feels is much bigger than being personally criticized; one that all black women are forced to deal with.

 

She described the chronology of her thoughts upon being labelled as “angry” because of her ethnicity to Winfrey:

“That was one of those things where you think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me,’”she said. “You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’ And that’s the first blowback.”

She added, however, that it didn’t take her long to realize that the label had nothing to do with her, and everything to do with the person attempting to plant the label on her.

“You think, ‘That is so not me.’ But then you sort of think, ‘Well, this isn’t about me. This is about the person or the people who write it,’” she said. “That’s just the truth.”

She feels as though this unfair stereotyping of black women stems from fear, as do so many other stereotypes.

“I thought, ‘OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves,’” she said. “And that’s what I want young people to do: Just live your life. Live it out loud.”

The full interview airs tonight on CBS at 8 P.M. ET, and will be repeated on OWN on Wednesday at 9 P.M. ET. Watch a clip from the interview below.

By: Danielle Dixon
Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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