President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama probably have a different idea of what racism truly is compared to most people. And that really could not be more evident than in the First couple’s latest People Magazine interview, in which they explain how they’ve been treated like the hired help.
In the interview, Michelle Obama explains instances where her husband was discriminated against, living on the South side of Chicago. In one case, she says Barack was once confused by a white man as a waiter at a black-tie dinner party.
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” he said, according to excerpts of the interview released today.
This example is totally understandable and fits into the everyday prejudices that some blacks encounter in throughout their life.
But, it is the example which Michelle gives about her own personal struggles with racism. Michelle claims that she was mistreated at a Target store back in 2011 because a woman at the store asked her to help her with something. Here’s what she said:
“Even as the first lady,” she told the magazine, “during the 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 said the incidents are “the regular course of life” for African-Americans and a “challenge” for the country to overcome.
Basically, what Michelle Obama did here, is assume that because she is black, someone asked her for help. Or could it be that individuals help each other and asking for someone else’s help is an everyday part of life.
I, myself, was asked the other day at a department store where the men’s shirts were. Never did it cross my mind that I was being asked because I’m a young, white kid.
The Obama’s claim to be like everyone else and live normal lives, but it’s comments like Michelle Obama’s that show how out of touch they are with the black communities struggles. Blacks across the country deal with real racism everyday, whether in their jobs or being stereotyped on the street. This has nothing to do with people asking other people for help. That should not be a burden or be presumed to be ‘racist.’
Lesson learned from this interview: Don’t ask Michelle Obama for help. She’s so beyond you.