You’d Love It If You Were White

By Jesse Taylor
Sunday, October 5, 2008 19:14 EDT
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imageOne of the more bizarre (if expected) attacks on the Obamas this year has been the idea that Michelle Obama is some sort of affirmative action drama queen whose entire life has been spent complaining about…well, everything really. Byron York takes this to an absurd new level.

Michelle Obama, you see, didn’t like her big law job after she graduated from Harvard, because it was monotonous and low-level. This is unlike every other person who’s ever gotten a first job right after graduating from a school because…well, probably because she’s a whiny black lady who wants her pink Caddy and government check.

The great thing about the Obamas and their very distinct difference from previous Democratic candidates is that it makes the sad ways in which conservatives seek to other them all the more transparent. A young, smart, ambitious law school graduate who’s dissatisfied with the unproductive and often mind-numbing grind of being a big law associate isn’t some strange concoction of Michelle Obama’s black rage mixed with her affirmative action-driven social promotion to a position she felt was beneath her victim-pimp Nubian brainwashing – it’s what 80% of law school graduates (anecdotally speaking) who take big law jobs go through. It’s a phenomenon, even!

Of course, the last thing I want to do is impute any sort of racial motive to branding someone black a grievance-driven whiner for doing something that thousands of white people do every year. That would be irresponsible and presumptive…just like Byron York’s racist ass.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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