As if black folks winning the White House was more horrifying than terrorists taking over our nation. The First Lady would have to be made of stone not to be hurt by these attacks. She has used her platform to improve the lives of girls, military families and young people around the world. , a project to fight childhood obesity by making school lunch programs healthier, encouraging exercise and promoting community gardening.
My anger was caused by something much deeper than watermelons.
So when I saw watermelon slices scattered all over my patio, I took it as a form of racist intimidation. I was in Costa Rica, where watermelon is just a delicious fruit enjoyed by all.
I need look no further than my own family over the past three generations.
Black women and men stood strong because they were never allowed to be weak.
Because literally the chronic stress of racism is cutting our lives short.
For years, psychologists have known the stress of racism -- both perceived and real -- is the cause of shorter lifespans in communities of color.
Fox News anchors took to calling Michelle, "Obama's baby mama." Impossible to imagine Barbara Bush or Melania Trump ever being denigrated in this way.
The two were celebrating with a fist-bump standing beside a portrait of Osama bin Laden.
Michelle's ability to continuously rise above hate, to speak with love and compassion for all people is her true power -- it is not her Harvard degree, her title or her husband.
She has found a way to acknowledge her pain without sacrificing her dignity or robbing others of their own.