Michelle Obama and the Content of Her Character

Michelle Obama's 2016 speech to the DNC stands in sharp contrast to an essay written in the early 1990s by Glenn Loury titled "Free at Last? A Personal Perspective on Race and Identity in America." Loury recounts how, as a young black man growing up on the South Side of Chicago, he lacked the courage to stand up for a friend named Woody, who had "a Negro grandparent on each side of his family but looked like a typical white boy." Woody never chose to pass as a white person yet, when both young men attended a political rally and Woody stood to speak "[h]e was cut short before finishing his first sentence by one of the dashiki-clad brothers-in-charge, who demanded to know how a 'white' got the authority to have an opinion about what black people should be doing. That was one of [the] problems, the brother said, we were always letting white people 'peep our hole card,' while we were never privy to their deliberations in the same way."...(Read Full Article)