"The protective bubble that comes with the presidency – the armored limo, the Secret Service detail, the White House – shields Barack andMichelle Obama from a lot of unpleasantness. But their encounters with racial prejudice aren't as far in the past as one might expect. And they obviously still sting."Did you get that?
If the Obama's weren't America's first family, they would totally have to deal with racism, but they're the President and First Lady, you know, the job you get by convincing a large swath of Americans (especially white ones) to vote for you, so they don't really experience racism like other black people.
Just so it's clear: The Obama's are free from most racism only because a bunch of white people voted for them to lead the free world.
But fear not, Rev. Sharpton, the Obama's know true racism, just as Michelle lays out in painful, vivd detail -
"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."Not only is she the first lady, she's also a paranoid narcissist.
It reminds me of my own story which I will now share.
"I tell this story - I mean, even as a young kid - I remember being bullied and kicked and
punched by Quinton and Kwan, the two black kids at Sunday School, each week in
Jacksonville, Florida. Because they didn't see me as a bright, talented, good-looking
young man, they saw me as a punching bag. Those kinds of things happen in life. so it
isn't anything new."Harrowing, I know.
The differences between my story and Michelle's is that I recognize bullies come in all colors, and not everyone in the world would recognize famous people in person, especially inside some random big box store in Virginia, during a shopping trip which was billed at the time as her attempt to go out "unrecognized" and also described her as undercover. In fact, this black reporter says she "blended in" and then a black lady whom he interviews says Michelle looks like "normal people". Black people are so racist! Am I right, Michelle?
Despite the Obama's doing their best to describe how one-percenters are affected by perceived racism their final statement in the interview really takes the cake.
"The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced," President Obama said. "It's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It's another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress."There is a strong irony in a man whose entire career is based on the greatest exploitation of American blacks since slavery, a man educated in private schools and Ivy League Universities, a man who has continually pulled in six-figure incomes since his early career, doing his best to convince people he can relate to them simply because he looks like them, and that he understands the racial plight of an oppressed people.
What the Obama's fail to realize is that in the real world, we have moved well beyond judging and manipulating based on race. Sure, a few extreme cases of prejudice may occur (like when the black girl at the counter allowed her black friend to skip me in line and pay first) but those are exceptions and not the rule in 2014.
Basically, we all get along and appreciate each other up until people like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama drive a wedge between us and position the argument so that when we critique them we are critiquing each other.
If Barack Obama and Al Sharpton were truly concerned with race in America, would they continually only find stories that touch on negative extremes? Put in a different context: If your goal as to convince someone that God exists, would you only tell them stories of death and destruction, or would you tell them stories of miracles and love? The answer, of course, is to focus on the positive.
So if you're goal is to fix race relations in America, why do you continually tell stories that accentuate the negative? Why are their not parades celebrating the positives rather than protests and looting over an extreme negative? Because the Obamas and Sharpton only care about race issues as long as it's a profitable endeavor which in turn makes them as racist as those they claim to fight.