I'm obsessed with Michelle Obama's pink Tracy Reese dress from last night. That she chose such a daringly feminine color, that it's by Tracy Reese — a relatively new and African-American designer, those bare arms...
But that's not what this post is about. I swear. What I loved about Michelle Obama's DNC address was her vulnerability and her realness in front of such a huge national audience: For one, she readily admitted that she wasn't too down with Barack running for president at first because of the time constraints it would put on their family.
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"I loved the life we had built for our girls…I deeply loved the man I had built that life with…and I didn't want that to change if he became President. I loved Barack just the way he was," said the First Lady.
It was when Barack first started telling her about his family that she realized she had "found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine." She continued: "You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable — their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves."
This connection based on similar, challenging upbringings made us think: Could you have this deep a bond with someone if your backgrounds were completely different? So we posed a Facebook question to our readers: Would you date someone of a different background than you? What pros and cons are there? The results:
1. "I have dated many that had less than I did and a few that had more... I feel it's about appreciating each other's differences as well as similarities that really matter." - Bonnie Gayle
2. "I don't think it should matter as long as there's a mutual respect and understanding between couples. It's easy when you come from the same background as your mate." - Edgar Sanchez
3. "background doesn't matter completely. I'm with someone who has a lot less than I do and we've been working out just fine. It's about appreciation and commitment, love and tenderness." - Govi Moore
4. "I think having different backgrounds can balance out the relationship. I've dated all type of men and the background really does make a difference, not just money wise but in how relationship are handled and goals" - Chante Henderson
5. "A man needs to feel he can protect and provide for a family or he feels less of a man. A woman needs to feel secure and safe and cherished by the man. Usually, respect and trust are the foundation." - Sheryl Woodhouse
Would you date someone of a different background than you? Or, have you and a partner bonded because of shared backgrounds?
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