Motherhood: Between Mammy and a Hard Place
At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that her most important role in the White House is “mom-in-chief.”1
Some white feminists weren’t having it.
What was up with this Ivy League–trained, corporate legal powerhouse making like a political wifebot? As writer Libby Copeland lamented on Slate magazine’s Double X blog, “Why are presidential candidates’ wives all the same?”2
Except Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, from the South Side of Chicago, ain’t Laura Bush. Or even Hillary Clinton. Michelle Obama is a black woman. And her ability to prioritize motherhood—much less be the symbol of motherhood for a nation—is revolutionary.
Black women are not the inheritors ...