Sometimes it’s a mundane story that best reveals character, or lack of. So it is with the current story of Barrack and Michelle Obama’s experiences that they perceive depict racism in America. It is, as they say, a story with legs and it is still walking – and revealing.
First of all, if the experiences related by the First Couple are their most memorable brushes with racism, they should be shouting from the rooftops about the success this country has had in combating racism. After all, their related experiences have been shared in some manner by a lot of people of all races and creeds and are far more amusing than demeaning and hardly scratch the surface of racism.
Second of all, their far-from-racist stories show how removed they are and have been from the typical black experience in this country. Almost every member of the black community has, unfortunately, come up against real and hateful racism at some time and the Obamas’ stories demean those experiences and insult those who have experienced true racism.
Thirdly, Michelle’s related Target story turns out to be a re-run and re-spun story. The first telling was on The David Letterman Show in 2012 and it was related as a funny, feel-good story explaining how her fear of having her cover blown while shopping in Target did not materialize. The latest telling darkly spins it to fit the racist America narrative that her husband is actively pushing from the bully pulpit.
Everything coming from the Obamas is agenda driven, contrived, and deceiving. An interview for People Magazine intended to be a personal, inside look ends up stirring more hatred and racial tensions so that…well…it’s just not clear why Obama is deliberately stirring the racism pot. Then, again, a lot of things he does do not make sense.
If you look close, this story gives a much better inside look at the Obamas than People Magazine intended – and it’s not a pretty sight.
David J. Hentosh