Color Lines

Michelle Obama Praised for Skin Tone

"If a black president represents change, a dark-skinned first lady is straight-up revolutionary." That's the premise of a piece by The Root's Vanessa Williams, who writes that Michelle Obama's dark-skin color will change perceptions of black women and reduce prejudices. "The lingering effects of racism and sexism... has rendered dark-skinned women nearly invisible in mainstream media," Williams says.