The Conundrum of the Day

The reality challenged amongst us are forever trying to cram reality into the boundaries of their narratives.  This article in the Washington Post by Krissah Thompson reports on the Michelle Obama rant “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” by Bob Grisham, an Alabama high school football coach throwing white men in her unsavory mix.

The problem with “fat butt rants” is that “white people” historically have not had, well she quotes another author read below,

“We have a history in this country of white people not showing adequate respect for and devaluing the bodies of black women, and this most definitely falls in line with that,” says Ayana Byrd, the co-editor of the anthology “Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts.” (Grisham, Limbaugh and Sensenbrenner are white men.)

The focus on this first lady’s posterior has historical antecedents. It reaches back to the imagery of Hottentot Venus, a woman from what is now South Africa whose naked body and pronounced posterior were paraded in shows throughout 19th-century Europe. On to the selling and trading of black women’s bodies through slavery. In modern times, black women’s figures continue to be up for public discussion in ways that are celebratory (see: “Brick House” by The Commodores) and insulting (see above).

These women suggest that white people have a long history of “disrespecting the bodies of black women.”  Dare I suggest that education could be the answer?  Who better to educate white men how to respect black women’s bodies than black men?

We could consider employing an educator like Sir Mix-A-Lot who penned the classic rap hit “I Like Big Butts?”  Could he assist insensitive white louts overcome centuries of exploitive behavior towards black women?

Oh my god
Becky, look at her butti-like-big-butts-big-butts-demotivational-poster-1277987611
Its so big
She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends
Who understands those rap guys
They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute
I mean her butt
It’s just so big
I can’t believe it’s so round
It’s just out there
I mean, it’s gross
Look, she’s just so black

I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can’t deny

And, there you have it, the conundrum.  If the admiration, or disrespect, of a woman’s posterior is loutish behavior, are we really going to resolve “the problem” by having loutish blacks reeducating loutish whites?

I might suggest a simpler answer.  Some people need to stop showing off their institute of higher ignorance, politically correct, factually challenged education and recognize the reality of human behavior.  It is really quite scientific, some men are breast men, and some are legmen, some like butts………