Yesha Callahan

#WhiteTears: White People Were Offended By Michelle Obama Being On Black Girls Rock

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Over the weekend Michelle Obama made an appearance at the taping of Black Girls Rock!, in Newark, NJ, celebrating and honoring Black women trailblazers.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd.

“I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”

But those words didn’t rest easy on some, after Obama’s personal aide posted information about the event on her social media account:

Apparently some white people were offended that the first lady had the audacity to celebrate black women.

“Just don’t understand why woman in general are not included. I’m sure any woman will tell you discrimination is not limited to black woman. I like the sentiment I don’t like the selective support,” wrote one user on Instagram.

These sentiments were pretty popular when it came to what was posted on Obama’s Instagram account. Woe is them. It’s always funny to see people get upset when black people are receiving praise. There has to be some use for #whitetears? Do they get out stains?

Image Credits: BET/Getty Images

  1. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Black woman caring about other black women is not a novel concept other people will deal.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Anonin

      I wish that there was a celebrity (besides Azaelia Banks) who would have the proverbial balls to state this.
      People underestimate how powerful it is, when a Black celebrity tells their female fanbase that they matter and to keep their heads up even during the rough times. And it’s especially important, when it is done on a very public platform (award shows, television interviews, etc.).
      I’ve noticed that the “majority” won’t pitch a fit, if a Black celebrity makes a reference to things like “racism needs to be extinct…” But they have a problem when a person is specific with their message.

      • March 30, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        For real, if only I was a celeb.

  2. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Oh, please. Black Girls DO Rock, and I’m glad Michelle Obama made her appearance to remind them. #WhiteTears? You’ll get over it.

  3. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    The people complaining the loudest surely would never have voted for Michelle Obama’s husband in the first place.

    • March 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      Exactly.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      So who gives a flying rat’s @$$ about weather or not if they are offended.They routinely insult black and others.They are offened because she a powerful black woman and a great role model for young girls.She is not a hoodrat and she is a fine example black womanhood.

      • April 1, 2015 - Reply

        @Dirk Posey

        I think that’s my issue. Why does it matter weather or not she is black. Why is she a fine example of black women hood. Why can’t she be a fine example of woman hood. Young black girls can only look up to power full black women and white girls can only look up to white women? Because then who as a white woman do I have? Hillary Clinton? Sarah Palin? And why as a woman do I have to look up to women? Why can’t I look at the world’s most influential, inspiring, intelligent and accomplished men and say I can do that. We should stop defining a role models by there race or gender and start defining them by there value and contribution to human kind. All the time we lable someone as a black, white, female or male role model all we are saying is “didn’t she do well…For a girl”
        “Michelle Obama, the most influential black women in America. …” so there are white women more influential?
        “Michelle Obama one of the most influential women in America..” doesn’t limit her any less in my book.
        “Michelle Obama one of the most influential people in America” sounds better to me.

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Annie Florance Xuereb

          “I think that’s my issue”

          Exactly, it’s YOUR issue. Not ours and certainly not Michelle Obama’s.

          And when white women like you complain about Michelle being referred to as a great example of BLACK womanhood, instead of simply an example for just womanhood everywhere, where are ya’ll when she is being insulted and called out of her name? When some of the males of your race publicly make very sexist comments about her, I don’t see any of you trolling their threads and defending her as a woman.

          You suddenly want everyone to be colorblind when you see Black people openly praising each other, just admit it. You (collectively) never complain about when Black people call each other the n word, but when you see events like Black Girls Rock you start with the damn whining.

          “”Michelle Obama one of the most influential people in America”

          She already has been been referred to one of the most influential people in America many times, maybe you have not been paying attention.

          • April 3, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            Damn. Damn. Damn. Thank you. It had to be said! Damn.

          • April 4, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            I don’t have issues with woman being black or talented. I have issue with women, black or white having conditions placed on there accomplishments. It should just be about someone doing something well, black, white, male or female. Someone shouldn’t be celebrated for being the best black man at something the should be celebrated for being the best. Full stop. But that’s just what I think.

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Annie Florance Xuereb

          Go away.

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Annie Florance Xuereb

          when the phrase “women and minorities” goes away, things may start to look a little better

          • April 4, 2015 - Reply

            @Rizzo

            I agree. If someone called me “a successful woman in my feild” I’d be insulted. I don’t work with a single other woman. I should be considered successful because I’m as good at my job as anyone else. Not because I’m good it….For a woman.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply

          @Annie Florance Xuereb

          I’m sad I missed this post I can’t believe you really just asked why a black woman is a fine example of black womanhood.

          • April 4, 2015 - Reply

            @Anonin

            It shouldn’t matter weather she’s black or a woman. She should be celebrated for being a good person, courageous, willing to speak there mind and represent there country on the world stage. Not because she’s good at it and black or a woman, just because she’s good at it.

            • April 4, 2015 - Reply

              @Annie Florance Xuereb

              There are plenty of women like that in the media we are celebrating that there’s a black woman getting recognition for that especially since she’s constantly attacked in the media. You not getting that is not our problem.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply

          @Annie Florance Xuereb

          Did you have an issue when the oscars were all white last year… Im sure you didnt. Get over yourself.

          • April 4, 2015 - Reply

            @Staci Elle

            That’s my point it shouldn’t be about the colour it should be about merit. Purley merit. I’m the UK and take zero interest in them so I can’t comment about biased in that instance and im sure it does happen. But bias at the Oscars really has nothing to do with my point

            • April 4, 2015 - Reply

              @Annie Florance Xuereb

              It does. you just dont want to see. If it hurts you that black women have one night to shine, you are lost and truly truly a sad person.

  4. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    There are not enough ‘shut up’s in the world…

  5. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    They can’t stand to see us shine. But, whatever. I have no time to worry about what they think.

  6. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Only a hater would be offended by what First Lady Michelle Obama did. The First Lady legitimately supported solidarity and unity among black females. There is nothing wrong with black women coming together in the common cause for promoting their human dignity. Many white folks will have the typical response of disagreeing with any form of racial unity among black females. These same white folks never complain when the Irish, the Germans, and other ethnic groups have their own celebrations. Black women have every right to celebrate their accomplishments, their power, their beauty, and their strength prodigiously.

    #Black Girls Rock.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Exactly! White people do not want to see unity in our community. PERIOD. If ALL black people in the U.S decided to support, love, defend, marry, procreate and patron each other, they would lose their minds.

      • April 2, 2015 - Reply

        @paintgurl40

        Preach Sister.

        Black females in general uniting and standing up for freedom on their own terms is a blessing. We share our great respect to any black person who wants unity and justice in our communities.

        There is nothing wrong with black people uniting, marrying, and having great black children too. Black men and Black women have every right to stand side by side for the truth. White racists to have an intense jealous and hatred of not only black unity, but progressive black power, which can encourage the solutions that we desire as a people.

        Black Girls Rock is a great celebration indeed.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Amen to that!

          • April 2, 2015 - Reply

            @paintgurl40

            Thank you Sister.

            Peace and Blessings to You.

  7. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    The famous 3 words of white folks: THAT’S NOT FAIR!” The belly-ache, gripe and complain more than any other race on the face of the earth.

  8. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    Like clockwork…smh. but I find it funny they complain about Black Girls Rock by trying to say “but all girls/women matter” but where are they when issues facing black girls/women is on the forefront because the silence is quite deafening from these naysayers.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      For instance, recently in California, a black teenage girl and her boyfriend was attacked by a group of skateboarders. One of the attacker had gone as far as striking the girl on the head with his skateboard.
      I learned about this assault from Black Tumblr, not from a mainstream news publication.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      This! Where were they when that white baseball player called thirteen year old Monee Davis a slut?? Where were the white tears?

  9. March 30, 2015 - Reply

    @ronnietx:disqus
    When you say “us shine” do you see the division you create? This event actually promotes division. MLK had a great dream. When race is a focal point, it goes against that dream! We are all human beings and I long for the day when we will finally see each other only that way!

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Marcus

      Martin Luther King Jr. also compared his mission of integration to the act of entering a burning house, at one point in time too.

      • March 31, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        ” wasn’t the pacifist, naive, colorblind man that white people and color-blinders like to portray him as.”

        Excellent point, this is how I perceived Dr. King for years until I read more about his work and journey and it made me respect him even more.

        One of Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters said the same about him; that as soon as he died the West (code for white folks) was trying to sanitize him as this mythical, benevolent figure.

      • April 1, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        Yes, yes, yessity-yes!!!

        I can’t tell you how tiring it is to see MLK Jr. weaponized against us so we can be ‘shamed’ into cowing to a perverted version of his memory and deliberately misunderstood/misapplied of his aims. Throw a hissy-fit over the divisions created by St. Patrick’s Day. I live in a city that holds the largest Oktoberfest Festival outside of Europe, but do you see me picketing over the two weeks of traffic jams and blackout drunk tourists that descend on my town? Sound off to the GLAAD Awards for excluding straight people and tell the President that his interest in LGBTQ communities alienates us straights. Why don’t we just get rid of any and all Chinatowns, which evidently rob us of…things?

        That’s dumb.

        People: if it’s not specifically about you, that doesn’t mean it shuns you, but think of that when next you so ‘selfishly’ fail to apologise if you like being you and show it. Or are you one of those people who isn’t called upon to justify his or her pride, then commanded to never let it happen again?

        Go to Stormfront if you want to see divisions and hatred and perhaps chide them over their lack of devotion to the ‘Dream’, which they perpetuate every day and night as their raison d’être. Tell Chimp Out that they aren’t sufficiently inclusive and loving towards all God’s people because I’m really sure that MLK Jr. would love to see his message that he created with the struggles of black people in mind used against them when they have the unmitigated gall, apparently, to spend one night celebrating. They never do it because tolerance what people demand of us, it’s our job, solely. Yeah, I’m sure that MLK Jr. would be super pissed off the first freaking black First Lady in history took an interest in inspiring the next generation of children.

        You know what he would love? He would love to see that ‘(black, unarmed) children everywhere’ are today being shot to death, just as he was. The man who murdered him was at least brought to justice, that’s way better than what happens now. I’m sure he would also love that all of those people who wantonly disregard the rights of blacks or glower when we’re smiling have taken him on as a patron saint so that woe would betide the (black) man who should ever take umbrage to his own mistreatment. Flipping lunacy.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply

          @Jo 'Mama' Besser

          It is unfortunate how black folks have been treated in the past and
          still today, but comparing St. Patricks Day and Oktoberfest to “Black
          Pride” is not exactly reasonable. St Patrick’s Day commemorates the
          passing of St. Patrick, who was not even Irish. It is not an “Irish
          Pride” holiday. However, even if it was, it doesn’t mean black folks who
          would happen to be Irish would be discouraged from being part of the
          celebration. And Oktoberfest is a celebration of the season of Autumn –
          not a “German Pride” celebration. However, even if it was, it doesn’t
          mean that black Germans are discouraged from being part of the
          celebration. The fact that Dr. King was shot by a white man doesn’t mean
          that all white people agree with the actions taken by that single man.
          Dr. King’s vision was that the only dividing lines we would create would
          be based on the content of our character and never the color of our
          skin.

          • April 2, 2015 - Reply

            @Marcus

            You missed the point, again

            • April 2, 2015 - Reply

              @Jo 'Mama' Besser

              With all due respect, I’m going to agree to disagree.

              • April 2, 2015 - Reply

                @Marcus

                That’s fine. Take care.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Marcus

      Dr. King spent years preaching non-violence, and he was still shot to death by a caucasian. So stfu about Black pride as “race division”

      And I long for the day when trolls like you preach kumbaya towards the morons who try to insult our First Lady because of her race.

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Marcus

      that’s sort of an ironic paragraph you wrote. white america created that division you speak of — race was made ‘the’ focal point, the dividing line in america. black people were/are seen as animals, less intelligent, and often seen and compared to primates — primates who are threatening even to people that carry weapons. MLK had a great dream — he was then shot and killed by a white man.

      • April 2, 2015 - Reply

        @Rizzo

        It is unfortunate how black folks have been treated in the past and still today, but comparing St. Patricks Day and Oktoberfest to “Black Pride” is not exactly reasonable. St Patrick’s Day commemorates the passing of St. Patrick, who was not even Irish. It is not an “Irish Pride” holiday. However, even if it was, it doesn’t mean black folks who would happen to be Irish would be discouraged from being part of the celebration. And Oktoberfest is a celebration of the season of Autumn – not a “German Pride” celebration. However, even if it was, it doesn’t mean that black Germans are discouraged from being part of the celebration. The fact that Dr. King was shot by a white man doesn’t mean that all white people agree with the actions taken by that single man. Dr. King’s vision was that the only dividing lines we would create would be based on the content of our character and never the color of our skin.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply

          @Marcus

          Learn the REAL Dr. King and not the sanitized version yt presents.

  10. March 31, 2015 - Reply

    Hi. I appreciate my president’s wife sharing positive, uplifting thoughts. However I would appreciate her more if Mrs. Obama addressed the REAL concerns many Americans girls have to deal with.

    That problem many children/teens/girls encounter is listening to women like Vivica Fox, Taraji Henson and Wendy Williams glorifying men and teens who write Rap and Hip Hop performance lyrics essentially characterizing their moms, sisters, grandmas and daughter as witches and bhores.

    Don’t believe me, watch a recent YT vid where American celebrities Williams and Henson proclaim their love for a man named PitBull who writes lyrics like this, Search; PitBull lyrics “305 Anthem”.

    Mrs. Obama you are telling girls to make intelligent choices while these same girls are being told by world famed superstars to admire emotionally damaged men who write lyrics disrespecting peaceful people in American communities.

    Mrs. Obama, PLEASE get tough and address the REAL issues affecting many people in ALL American communities!

    Thank you.

    #protect-kids-from-irresponsible-caregivers

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @KnutesNiche

      Search: “la-et-ms-iheartradio-music-awards-10-most-embarrassing-moments-20150330-story”

      My president’s wife, Mrs. Michelle Obama is telling/imploring American girls to shine, using their intelligence to prosper and become peaceful citizens as well as loving nurturers for their children….

      …while at the same time LA Times music critic Gerrick D. Kennedy is reporting about the iHeartRadio Music Awards:

      …”Rihanna channeled vintage Lil Kim in her new single “Witch Better Have My Money,…” replace the W with B

      …Iggy Azalea being upstaged by her guests. It’s been a rough few months for the Australian rapper, and instead of trying to change the conversation by performing one of the harder, more inspired tracks on “Reclassified” she performed another duet. The safe, Jennifer Hudson-assisted “Trouble” didn’t make much of an impression, apart from Hudson’s sexy cop outfit (and powerhouse voice) and surprise guest Nick Jonas in tight leather pants.”

      Reading the lyrics to Iggy Azalea’ s performances, seeing that Ms. Azalea characterizes her fellow humans in a demeaning manner, often referring to them as less than human, I have to question the character and values of people like Jennifer Hudson who collaborate with Rap or Hip Hop performers who glorify hate and espouse lawlessness.

      The further I look into Rap and Hip Hop culture the more I question the character and emotional stability of it’s performers, and the more my sadness and prejudice for them grows.

      These entertainers are CASHING IN on glorifying the emotional and physical pain many of these performers claim they have experienced…I say this is hogwash. Much of their pain is self-inflicted or inflicted upon these artists by ignorant male and females who embrace this lifestyle for profit and fame…nothing more!

      Jennifer Hudson should be deeply ashamed for using her popularity to boost these sick, damaged, depressed rappers and hip hoppers, treating them like American Royalty, instead of denouncing them for writing lyrics that essentially characterize the girls Mrs. Obama is speaking to as witches and bhores.

      Seems most all of today’s female celebrity role models are infected by the Rap Hip Hop culture.

      Which popular celebrity role models should the American girls Mrs. Obama is speaking to, choose to admire? Are there any role models who espouse peace and respect?

      In his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, “I”, Kendrick Lamar reveals, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”

      #protect-kids-from-irresponsible-caregivers

  11. March 31, 2015 - Reply

    White people’s sense of entitlement never ceases to amazes me. The only way racism will ever go away is if White people give up their privilege. Lord knows if that’ll really ever happen.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @♎Lauren♎

      Now you know that won’t happen.
      Even for the white folks who don’t believe that they have privilege would be wary of publicly disowning it.
      For those folks that I know personally, I had broken it down like this:
      -Imagine if people didn’t take your word for anything. Imagine if people just took a glance at you and automatically assume that you were inept. And it didn’t matter if these people were Black, White, Asian, man, woman or even a child. And it happens at work too, where you are a manager/supervisor and your subordinates are asking YOUR boss or other subordinates for info that you are an expert in. Or asking someone else, who is not experience in your field of work, but they are the same color as them.
      -Imagine having your daughter telling you that she wishes that she was Black/Asian/Native American because they are smarter and prettier than white people because white people are dumb. Imagine catching your child putting brown paint on her face and on her skin because she wants to be someone other than white. I
      -Imagine having to go to your son’s school numerous times because his teacher said that he is misbehaving and he is on the verge of being suspended. Imagine having teachers/guidance counselors tell you, the parent, that your child exhibit signs of ADD/ADHD. Or questions you about his environment out of school because his innocuous desire of questioning authority is misconstrue as being “signs of aggression”.
      -Imagine going to a movie theater and seeing movie ads for films that have predominantly Asian and Indian casts. Or going to see films where the casts are all-Asian. Every so often, you’ll see a film with an all-white cast, but those films usually showcase topics of incest, the mafia, the KKK, sexual assaults, fraternities that are sophmoric.
      -Imagine having Black/Asian/Native Americans consider white women to be promiscuous, violent, short-tempered and undesirable. Imagine watching films that depict white women as such.
      -Imagine your brother getting in trouble with the law, for a minor misdemeanor and expecting to pay a fine/attend drug counselling and receiving four-to-seven years in prison. Then imagine learning that his Black counterparts receiving lighter sentences.

    • March 31, 2015 - Reply

      @♎Lauren♎

      Unless it become too costly for them to have it.

    • December 1, 2015 - Reply

      @♎Lauren♎

      If you hate racism, why you’re such a racist then?

  12. March 31, 2015 - Reply

    yes michelle! stand up be bold and unapologetically empower your little girls and women! Lord knows a lot of us need to hear it with all the crazy misogynoir we face on a daily basis.

  13. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    In other words…White folks are scared of Black People coming together. It’s a damn shame. I didn’t see 1st Lady Bush coming to anything that Rocks. Keep your crocodile tears and boo boo lips to yourself haters.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Darkness901

      When we come together, they want to be included so that they can watch us and make sure we’re not TOO unified. And if they cant cant join they will pay a porch monkey ( a black sellout) to watch us for them.

  14. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    “Racists will always call you a racist when you identify their racism. To love yourself now – is a form of racism. We are the only people who are criticized for loving ourselves and white people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me.”

    ~Dr John Henrik Clarke

    Let that marinate…

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Ms. Vee

      Preach Sister.

  15. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    I seriously doubt Caucasians were offended at all. The mere fact of a powerful, educated, BLACK woman connecting with and empowering BLACK WOMEN is, in itself, a subliminal threat to what they (Caucasians) fear the most, BLACK UNITY!

  16. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    white tears are my favorite beverage…. delicious and nutritious. Keep cryin yt.

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