I don’t get it.
Yes, a nice butt is celebrated in the black community; one hour in any black barbershop would confirm it. But there is a certain self-mockery in that behavior. More importantly though, successful people like Michelle are more celebrated in those same communities.
If Michelle were built like Cindy McCain, would we have rejoiced any less? (OK, stupid question, but you get my point.) Black women need to be comfortable and confident with our “unsettling” features, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Michelle, if nothing else, is comfortable and confident, and her example deserves more than an objectified and belittling barbershop treatment.
Janelle Jolley is a writer in Washington, D.C.