Black women are finally accepted . . . maybe not

"Five intelligent, beautiful, well-respected, and phenomenally successful black women made the evening [of Super Bowl XLVII] — power outage and all — an evening for the history books.


"Not that long ago, black women were routinely raped by their slave-holders and sold into slavery.  We were not treated with the respect, dignity, or opportunities that we fought for, side-by-side with so many of our white sisters.

"We were not considered intelligent.  We were not considered beautiful.  We were not considered sexy."

--Michelle D. Bernard, "Five black women brought their ‘A game’ to the Super Bowl," Washington Post, February 5, 2013

"'Fat butt Michelle Obama,' said Bob Grisham, a high school football coach who was surreptitiously recorded by one of his students. 'Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.'

"Grisham, who was suspended Monday, is neither the first nor the most high-profile person to feel moved to comment on the first lady’s physique. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly called her Michelle 'My Butt' Obama. And Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the Wisconsin Republican, issued an apology after he was caught commenting on her 'large posterior.' (Grisham has also said he misspoke.)"

--Krissah Thompson, "Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant," Washington Post, February 4, 2013