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There's been a lot of chatter about black people putting too many demands on Barack Obama. Frankly, I've yet to see any evidence of this. Michelle on the other hand:

Amid all the praise of First Lady Michelle Obama's fashion choices for the inaugural festivities, the Black Artists Association is taking her to task for not wearing anything by an African American designer. Cofounder Amnau Eele said Wednesday she will make a formal appeal to the First Lady's office on behalf of the BAA. "It's fine and good if you want to be all 'Kumbaya' and 'We Are the World' by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?" Eele said.

Eeele goes on to say, of the inauguration, "this was our moment." Our, as in black designers. Whatever. Like I said yesterday, I've got a visceral dislike of this sort of think. You want something from the world? Go punch somebody in the mouth and then take it. (I don't mean that literally. Stay in school kids!) You want Michelle to rock your gear? Go sell her on it. Don't talk us to death. We aren't the ones you have to convince.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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