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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
I don't think it's possible to "play" the victim, when one has actually been a victim.
Just an observation.
originally posted by: blupblup
I think she's absolutely right to be honest.
Look around at the US right now and what is going on regarding Police etc?
She told it as it is.
originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: wanderingconfusion
Michelle is helping with the division in this country. Obviously she is going right along with the agenda (understandably, she IS the First Lady).
But you are totally right, she should be helping to point out the progress we have made and how capable we are as a society to live peacefully with one another. Instead she is stirring the pot and playing the victim card once again. Shame on her
Nobody was vilified.
As she was saying, unless you've had people cross the street on you or suspect you of something or security follow you a little closer in stores, or seen fear in some old lady's eyes as you ask her politely the time - then you probably won't ever understand her message.
Although if you think that the speech was mostly about race then you missed the point anyway.
originally posted by: amazing
It was a good speech and as usual the Flotus is right on the money.
I'm a white guy, not offended at all. Of course I don't play the "poor-me-white-people-are-being-discriminated-against-victim" card either.
Show me again how being white has adversely effected your lives? LOL
The university was home to the Tuskegee Airmen and scientist George Washington Carver.
In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
On June 8, 1946, the last class of aviation cadets graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field. At the time they completed their requirements 2,483 persons had entered the Tuskegee pilot training program, of which, 994 completed the rigors and earned their pilot wings. Altogether, the participants in the Tuskegee military experiment (later called Tuskegee Airmen) numbered between 15,000 – 19,000 including pilots, mechanics, cooks, doctors, nurses, parachute riggers, gate guards, flight instructors, firemen, radio operators, etc. Their unit formation consisted of the 99th, 100, 301st, and, 302nd Fighter Squadrons, the combined 332nd Fighter Group, and 477th Bombardment Group, along with their service units.
The purpose of the experiment conducted by Public Health was to observe the progression of a number of diseases, particularly syphilis, untreated in black males. The official name of the study was the, "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male." This study involved 660 men who agreed to participate in exchange for meals, transportation, health care, and burial payments to their widows.
At the beginning of the study no effective treatment was available for syphilis patients. By 1947 penicillin was readily available, but this treatment option was not made available to the unknowing participants. The travesty was that although treatment was then available, Public Health withheld this information from them and continued the program in the same vein. The study ended abruptly and inconclusively in 1972 when the Associated Press broke the news of the unethical experiment in New York and in Washington, D.C..
In 1972 a class action lawsuit was filed against Public Health in behalf of the men, their wives, children, and family members, which ended in a $9 million settlement for the victims.
originally posted by: pilgrimOmega
originally posted by: whyamIhere
When your husband is the worst President in American History.
You have to blame somebody when everything you tried failed miserably.
Blame White People...it's worked like a charm the past 20 years.
The Chickens have come home to roost....Indeed
This is the kind of white person she was talking about.
originally posted by: Fromabove
As a white person I think a lot of black people have put themselves in the position they're in. Nobody really cares today what color you are except black people it seems. All the laws that could be made to ensure a just society have been made. And I can tell you that I feel offended that I know that as a white person I myself am hated by the so called black race just because I am white.
While they scream racial intolerance, they themselves are racially intolerant. While they scream for justice, they desire to deprive other non whites of theirs. The real racists are those who's hearts have turned to despise those not like them because they believe they are oppressed.
I challenge everyone, black, or white, to better themselves because of who they are and not what they think they are in the sight of others. You want to be better off, better yourself by being the best "person" you can be.
As for me, I hate no one, and even though I know some blacks hate me because of the color of my skin, I will not stoop down to the same level but will do as I always do and treat everyone the same.
originally posted by: Obsrvr
a reply to: wanderingconfusion
1. Mrs. Obama is a racist;
2. She was not elected, therefore, I pay no attention to a word she says. She is irrelevant.