Michelle shares an email with us…
From: Leilani Albano
Subject: don’t forget you’re brown
i’ve read your stories throughout the years.
and i have to say, from one pinay journalist to another, you embarrass me and you embarrass our people.
i’m sorry the US media has used you, larry elders and other conservative drones of color to bolster their quota numbers.
what we need are more conscious journalists of color, not just another mainstream token acting as a cheerleader for the conservative right.
hopefully someday, you will find genuine connections with others and see how much damage you have done with your recklessly crafted pieces.
Unlike she does with Obama, I don’t pretend to know what Michelle is thinking or feeling. I don’t know her. I only know the persona that is Michelle Malkin. (Fun fact: Michelle still copyrights her books under the name “Michelle Maglalang.”) I’m guessing, though, that this email really stung. Michelle didn’t grow up in a strong Filipino community like the Filipinos I knew growing up, so it’s no surprise that the “our people” comment was taken as an extreme insult. MM was never “accepted by them” to begin with, so how could she “turn her back”? It’s an interesting aspect of the blogger’s life.
The part I emphasized above is of particular importance. If asked how her own skin color has impacted her career, I would guess Michelle to either take the indifferent stance or concede that it’s helped her. I highly doubt that a woman of Michelle’s viciousness would allow anyone to “use” her. To the contrary, her race is a platform to attract an audience that can’t distinguish differences among Asians–or realize that Michelle sees herself as a white American.
Today’s moral: Don’t bait Michelle and Jesse Malkin with issues of race. It only disrupts the hornet’s nests that are their troubled minds.