After the New York Times Styles Twitter account posted a story about Michelle Obama’s evolution as a political leader being attributed to her ditching the angry black woman stereotype, the offensive tweet was subsequently deleted after many expressed their fury over the strong wording.

The original post read, “How @FLOTUS shed an angry black woman caricature and evolved into a political powerhouse.”

Soon after the post with the “angry black woman caricature” went up, angry responses to the Styles tweet were swift. One Twitter user said, “@nytstyles Please delete. Phone a culturally competent friend. Try again…so insulting!!”

Another user wrote, “It wasn’t Michelle Obama who evolved. It was our racist and misogynist society which had to evolve to appreciate her for who she is”

The story itself went online on Saturday with the headline: “The Closer: Michelle Obama” and sub-headline: “Dismissed early on by critics, the first lady has evolved into a powerful presence on the campaign trail.”

Jet magazine notes how, “In spite of the bigotry, being compared to animals, and blatant disrespect, Mrs. Obama created initiatives with the intent to help children lead healthy, active lives. And yes, YOU, the one who called her names and tried to overlook her existence, your child(ren) are included in her mission.”

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12 thoughts on “New York Times Deletes ‘Angry Black’ Michelle Obama Tweet

  1. specialt757 on said:

    I’ve never seen “angry black woman” when it comes to Mrs. Obama. I see class, dignity, pride, self-respect, high self-esteem, inner beauty, outer beauty, supportive, humble, successful, educated, dang the list could go on and on.
    I could tell you what I see when I look at Melania but it’s not at all pleasant so I digress.

  2. First of all we “brown” (Afro/African-American) women are human and if we look and/or express being upset and/or angry…Again it is because we are HUMAN (1st) and we are ALLOWED to get upset or be angry…whatever the reason may be!! What a stupid comment!!
    As far as FLOTUS (Michelle Obama) evolving…not true because she was already Evolved!! Hell all “ignorant, negative, untrue and disrespectful” comments she had to endure throughout her husbands Presidency she has RIGHT to look and/or express being angry!!!

    • MariAnne Bolton on said:

      Larry:…..Because, Believe me…I KNOW how GOOD it feels (from experience) to FINALLY have a FABULOUS, BEAUTIFUL, INTELIGENT, CLASSY, WELL-READ,…etc., BLACK QUEEN, who Represents!!!!!!!!!!

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