Michelle Obama Changes Story on Personal Racial Experience
Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 18, 2014
People magazine is publishing an article “The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences” after interviewing the First Couple. The title appropriately defines the article’s subject matter with the President and his wife sharing the personal experiences concerning race issues.
One incident shared by Michelle Obama was:
“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. 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.”
The intent of the First Lady’s remarks is pretty evident; because of her skin color she wasn’t being seen as the First Lady, but instead a low level store clerk. However, this story completes with Mrs. Obama’s explanation of the Target trip she made on the David Letterman show in 2012 (video below) when the first lady said:
“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’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not. And the only thing she said — I reached up, because she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down. She said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good.”
The different versions of the story shared by the First Lady are not reconcilable with at least one being incorrect. This type of lack of transparency and honesty from the First Couple denigrates the office and increases Americans’ distrust of government in general, which was already very low prior to the Obama’s entering the White House.
It is unquestionable that many people of color face racism as a minority in America. At the same time this problem is miniscule compared what it was to just the few decades ago. There is not better proof than the fact an African American was elected as president. The subject of race remains an important, but is best served by honest discussions.
The Left’s continued use of race-baiting is merely, although tragically, a part of their calculus to gin up their political base. Society was less kind to such tactics when not too long ago in America’s past the Right used this issue in a different context to gin up its base. The Right was appropriately castigated for that tactic and it is now time to similarly address the Left’s intolerance.