First Lady Michelle Obama recently gave an interview to People Magazine in which she shared an incident of racism that happened to her. The story went viral.
However, someone came forward to deny that the incident had a racist context. Who was that? Well, um, Michelle Obama.
The first lady’s anecdote takes place in Target, where she was taking a shopping detour. According to Michelle, during her time at the Targe Mahal, someone forgot to check their white privilege.
“I tell this story – I mean, 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,” the first lady said.
“Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”
Even without contradictory evidence, your mind probably didn’t go directly to racism. In fact, my first thought was, “this is what happens when you wear red and khaki to a Target, you moron.”
Still, I suppose I couldn’t tell you for certain that the interaction wasn’t racist. That is, until another version of the story emerged, from the first lady’s appearance on David Letterman.
“She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not,” Michelle said of the Target incident.
“And the only thing she said – I reached up cause she was short – I reached up and pulled it down. She said ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good … She had no idea who I was” (H/T Breitbart).
Apparently, racism equals not knowing who Michelle Obama is!
It’s no secret that a goodly portion of Americans are, have been, and will continue to be dangerously stupid when it comes to the people who we elect to high office. Michelle probably oughtn’t complain about this; it’s why she’s in the White House in the first place.
However, it means that she shouldn’t attribute her not being recognized to racism.
The only time Dick Cheney would have been noticed by the average person on the street is right after he shot that lawyer in the face. Does that mean that people are caucasiophobes? No, it means they’re uninformed.
Speaking of dangerous stupidity, I’d like to close with an impassioned plea to our liberal readers about the concept of recorded material.
The concept of “video,” and the fact that ordinary Americans can access a giant repository of it on this thing called “YouTube,” seems somewhat foreign to the liberal mind.
Michelle isn’t the first Democrat to forget that things they said in the past can actually be recalled by people who possess the ability to type stuff into a search engine.
Her husband forgot this when he said he could change immigration law in spite of 20-plus occasions where he flatly stated he couldn’t that were caught on video. Jonathan Gruberforgot this when he went on his multifarious rants.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune