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Michelle Obama UK visit: “When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself”

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“When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my story.”

In saying this, Michelle Obama is implying that both she and the Muslim girls she is addressing face oppression, discrimination, and disadvantage. She is, in other words, advancing the false Muslims-as-victims narrative that Islamic advocacy groups such as Hamas-CAIR work so hard to cultivate in the U.S. She does not, of course, address the fact that the primary source of the oppression and discrimination that these Muslim girls face and will face in the future is their own families — primarily their fathers and husbands. Michelle Obama could have called upon these girls to reject the Sharia misogyny that devalues women’s testimony and inheritance rights, reduces women to commodity status via polygamy, sanctions their beating, and makes them vulnerable to genital mutilation and honor killing. But she didn’t dare do that.

Michelle sees herself in the gender apartheid under Islamic law? Was Michelle held down by her mother and other female relatives while they cut her clitoris off? The UK’s “failure to stop FGM is a ‘national scandal.’” There have been 170,000 victims and no prosecutions until this year.  What about #BringBackOurClits?

Michelle sees herself in the British sharia courts where the appalling treatment of women and children at the hands of the sharia court “justices” goes unpunished? Sharia law courts, a parallel legal system in the UK, legislate extensive abuse of women, refusal to grant divorces, charging of the woman but not the man for divorce proceedings, and even the taking away of the woman’s children, and rulings contrary to British law.

“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” (Qur’an 4:34)

Michelle Obama also said: “Maybe you see the news and see people talking about your religion, and wonder if anyone will ever see beyond your headscarf.”

Her husband said the same thing in his notorious speech in Cairo in 2009: that the US would protect the right of women to wear hijab. But who is infringing on that right? No one. And who is not seeing beyond the headscarf? Michelle Obama meant “Islamophobes,” but the real people these girls have to fear regarding their headscarves are the Muslim men who will kill them if they don’t wear it. Aqsa Parvez was murdered by her father and her brother for not wearing the headscarf. Innumerable other Muslim women have been similarly victimized. Who speaks for them? Who stands for their rights? Not Michelle Obama.

Tell us, Mrs. Obama, about your oppression and disadvantage from the highest and most powerful office in the free-est country in the world. Tell us how wronged you were in between your multiple daily wardrobe changes of the most expensive designer clothes in the world. Tell us how awful it was for you to get accepted and attend Princeton University (along with your brother) in your youth and make your own choices to live your life any way you wanted to.

Vicious hypocrite.

“Michelle Obama UK visit: ‘When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself,” by Mikey Smith, The Mirror, June 16, 2015

The First Lady compared her struggle to succeed as a young black woman in America to the experience of inner-city Muslim girls

Michelle Obama compared her struggle to succeed as a young black woman in America to the experience of British Muslim girls during a visit to in inner-city girls school in London.

The First Lady, who is visiting the UK for two days, and met with Prince Harry this morning, struggled to hold back tears as she gave an emotional speech to Mulberry School for Girls in London’s Tower Hamlets.

She’ll meet with Prime Minister David Cameron later today.

She said: “Girls like you inspire me and impress me every single day.

“When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my story.”

Follow the First Lady’s visit to the UK as it happens with our live coverage

She told the audience – including the whole school, many of whom are watching the speech live-streamed to the School sports hall, she grew up in a working class neighbourhood on the south side of Chicago, where people work hard to make ends meet.

She added: “My parents told me I could grow up to do anything – but only if I worked hard in school.”

Mrs Obama drew links between the experience of young black women in America to the struggles faced by British Muslim girls.
Michelle Obama speaks to pupils during a visit to Mulberry school for girls

She said: “Maybe you see the news and see people talking about your religion, and wonder if anyone will ever see beyond your headscarf.”

The First Lady is visiting the UK with her mother and two teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha.

In her emotional speech, which was live streamed to the whole school, many of which watched from a nearby sports hall, she told the students they could accomplish anything if they worked hard.

She said: “I see a room full of surgeons and business leaders and barristers. I see women who are going to win elections.

“I see a room full of leaders who are going to inspire people not just in Tower Hamlets but all across the country and all around the world.

“And I’ve seen it again and again that what our parents told us really is true. That if we get our education we can do anything. We can lift up our sights to anything we can imagine. We truly can be builders of a new day.”

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Australia’s former Prime Minister Julia Gilllard joins Michelle Obama as she speaks to pupils during a visit to Mulberry school for girls

After her speech she took questions from pupils, and was joined by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Earlier in the day, Mrs Obama, her mother and daughters joined Prince Harry for tea at Kensington Palace.

She shared one of the subjects she discussed with the Prince.

She said: “We have to change the definition of what it means to support our young girls.

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Michelle Obama delivers a speech during a visit to Mulberry School for Girls

“Prince Harry mentioned this. He said it’s important to have male voices at the table on this issue.

“Oftentimes it’s going to be the brother or the father in a community speaking up that’s going to change the way a community responds to the challenge of getting girls in school.”

She also stressed the importance of young people understanding politics if they want to affect change in their communities.

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