The news that First Lady Michelle Obama will be attending the funeral this Saturday of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton is welcome news. It’s the right thing to do and frankly, I don’t understand why some are criticizing the decision.
Where was the President and The First Lady before this? What makes Hadiya’s death so special? Because she performed at the inauguration a week before she was shot down? Every gun death is a tragedy say those questioning why the White House cares so much now when they were so stonily silent before.
I understand why this is controversial to some, but I disagree agree with them. I don’t want The First Lady or The President attending funerals for murdered kids for the next four years. It would be like attending funerals for every fallen soldier. They would have no time for anything else.
This is a special case with a great deal of symbolic importance. In her own way, the First Lady and the Obama Administration is acknowledging all the fallen from urban violence and Black-on-Black crime. Hadiya’s case is particularly heart-rendering coming so soon after her having paid respect to Obama at his second inauguration. No, Hadiya is not “special,” but the circumstances are different. The presence of Michelle Obama is an acknowledgment of that and proves the president is not indifferent to the suffering going on in our cities.
it simply isn’t possible for them to attend every funeral of every young person’s whose life was prematurely and violently ended without it being a logistical nightmare, eventually making their attendance a trite affair. Can you imagine how much of a strain on law enforcement it would be to handle the security details each time the president or his wife attended? The media would be all over it and who wants photographers snapping pictures while you’re trying to bury your dead? Never mind how it would affect the Obamas personally to in effect become “professional mourners.”
How long would it be before every family that lost a loved one serving in Afghanistan or somewhere else start wondering aloud, “My son died for this country, yet the Commander-in-Chief didn’t attend his funeral. Why?” That would open a Pandora’s Box of misery that would never be closed again.
I can’t believe people are so obsessed with polishing their Obama Bashing Badge and pushing their b.s. political agendas to demean the First Lady showing up to pay her respects to a dead Black teenage girl.
No, actually I CAN believe it. There’s always someone sitting comfy in a chair that knows how they could do a job better than the person who actually has to do it. It’s just really disgusting when it comes over the dead body of Hadiya Pendleton.
I am not in any way trivializing the deaths of Black people across the nation when I cite the cases of Hadiya Pendleton, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell or Amadou Diallo and more for special notice as I have for years. I am never numb or indifferent to the unnatural deaths of my people, but there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to mourn each individually.
Not for me and certainly not for The President of the United States either.
The critics should STFU. A young woman is dead. The president’s family said they were praying for Hadiya and tomorrow the First Lady will be present to commemorate her life. There’s nothing wrong with that and those who accuse the Obamas of a “publicity stunt” or not showing enough concern for other murdered Black children are out there where the buses don’t run.
They need to stay there because they are miserable excuses for human beings. Shame on them for their cynical exploitation of a dead girl to score their meaningless political points.
- Michelle Obama to Attend Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral (theroot.com)
- Editorial: Mrs. Obama grieves for Hadiya (suntimes.com)
- Friends And Family Of 15-Year-Old Slain Inauguration Performer Hadiya Pendleton Petition For President Obama To Attend Her Funeral (bossip.com)