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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seeing Life Through Racism Tinted Glasses

Michelle Obama claims that she suffered racism even as the First Lady because someone once asked for help to reach an item on a high shelf. From the Daily Mail:
She said that even when she went to Target as First Lady, a fellow shopper had asked her to get something from a shelf. 
Mrs Obama said: 'Even as the First Lady - during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf.'  
She added: 'These incidents in the black community, this is the regular course of life. These are the challenges that we still face as a country.' 
Holy crap! I'm not even black and I've been subject to the same racist behavior many, many times in my life. I used to think that people were asking me for assistance because I looked like someone that might help them, but now I know--thanks to Michelle Obama--that it was racism.

She didn't always believe this way. Weasel Zippers dug up this earlier description of the incident by Ms. Obama when she appeared on the David Letterman show in 2012:
OBAMA: “That’s my Target run! I went to Target. I thought I was undercover! I have to tell you something about this trip tough [sic].” 
LETTERMAN: “Uh-huh.” 
OBAMA: “No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right. I was in the detergent aisle. And she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, cover is blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not! (Applause) And the only thing she said, I reached up because she was short, and I reached up and pulled it down, and she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy!’ That was my interaction. I felt so good.”

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