Lil Obama to Big Obama: “Help Me Help Them!”

2009-2010 Miss Hampton University and the runners up

2009-2010 Miss Hampton University and the runners up

Nikole Churchill, the first–I called her a white girl, but one of my friends corrected me and specified that she’s half Italian, half Guamanian and refers to herself as Hawaiian … whatev. If you’re not black, Latino or maybe two other categories, my mind automatically puts you in the white folks box. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But if you think it is, I’m curious to know why–non-black woman to be elected Miss Hampton University has written a letter to the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, about the discrimination and negativity she’s experienced due to her recent win. It seems she can’t even completely bask in the glow of her meaningful and significant victory because some people are throwing her shade. So she pouted to the president. I won’t bother to say how absurd I think it is that she wrote, I’ll just let you read it.


To: President Barack Obama

October 11, 2009

Aloha Mr. Obama!

My name is Nikole Churchill, a senior nursing major at Hampton University. This past Friday October 9, 2009, I was honored to be crowned Miss Hampton University 2009-2010. It truly was the best night of my life! With that being said, I am sad to say…… that my crowning was not widely accepted and many negative comments regarding my win have been shared throughout my campus.

It would be much easier to say that possibly some were not accepting of the news because I wasn’t the most qualified contestant; however, the true reason for the disapproval was because of the color of my skin. I am not African-American. Despite the unfortunate beliefs that some are saying I should not have won, I am desperately trying to focus on those who believe in me and support me and my goal to represent this beautiful, multicultural campus the very best way that I can. I would love your help!

I am hoping that perhaps you would be able to make an appearance to my campus, Hampton University, so that my fellow Hamptonians can stop focusing so much on the color of my skin and doubting my abilities to represent, but rather be proud of the changes our nation is making towards accepting diversity. People are even nicknaming me, “lil Obama” because of various reasons. This is truly an honor as well!

I am also from Hawaii (Wahiawa) and I am hoping that you can assist me in opening some closed minds and help share some aloha spirit throughout my campus. I feel as though you could relate to my situation, which is why I immediately wanted to contact you. I was interviewed last night at the HU vs. HU football game by news channel 13 and I mentioned how individuals such as you and myself are making changes in hopes people can stop placing so much focus on our skin color by letting that define what we can, cannot, should, and/or should not do. Dr. Harvey welcomed me last night to the family with open arms and I was beyond honored when he told me that he is behind me 100%. I am proud to represent Hampton University and I am so proud having you to represent our home, our country. Your support with my crowning as Miss Hampton University 2009-2010 would be graciously appreciated. Please reply, I will be looking forward to it!

-Nikole Churchill

Virginia Beach , VA

If I had money to wager (using that for its emphatic purposes not because I’d actually wager because if I did have extra money, I’d use it to buy a pair of L.A.M.B. booties I’ve been eyeing), I’d bet the president makes a stop at the campus on his way to accept his Nobel Peace Prize right before he shakes the hands of troops in Iraq as he promises them that they’ll be home within 90 days (remember that deadline?) of his winning the election to open the closed minds of Hampton students.

UPDATE: Chick apologized for writing the letter. Check it here.

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~ by MsInklination on October 15, 2009.

2 Responses to “Lil Obama to Big Obama: “Help Me Help Them!””

  1. I “called her a white girl, but one of my friends corrected me and specified that she’s half Italian, half Guamanian and refers to herself as Hawaiian … whatev. If you’re not black, Latino or maybe two other categories, my mind automatically puts you in the white folks box.”

    This reminds me of that scene from The Brothers 2001 where Bill Bellamy’s mom keeps referring to all these different non Black women as white women. Whenever people correct her she’ll add a qualifier. As in: No, she’s Mexican

    Mom: That’s just a white woman with a taco

    or: She’s Polynesian

    Mom: That’s just a white woman with flowers on her neck …

    I find my self ‘qualifying this way sometimes but feel embarrassed about it.


    I found some clips on Yutube, Ima see if I can find the scene.

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