Michelle Obama: I Was Asked to Get Something Off the Shelf at Target

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

Michelle Obama says that people mistake her for a SHOP ASSISTANT- because she’s black.

“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” Michelle Obama told People magazine. “Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.” She said, “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. In an upcoming interview with People, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened up about their personal experiences with racial profiling, speaking directly to the persistent prejudice currently at the forefront of public debate. 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.’ The Obamas’ candid comments came in the wake of months of tense protests across the country as America faces up to questions about race following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York at the hands of the police.

The President said basketball superstar LeBron James did the right thing when he wore an ‘I can’t breathe’ T-shirt – referring to the chokehold death of Mr Garner – on to the court. Obama said. “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,” Mr. He told them to express in peaceful ways what was going on in their lives – but cautioned them not to think all problems could be solved in the short-term. Obama said that while everyday misunderstandings still occur, the situation was much changed from a generation or two ago. “The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” Mr. On one recent Friday evening when the Obamas had a small group of friends over, Barack acted as DJ and they cranked the music up in a room that is more used to hosting visiting royal dignitaries. ‘We started with Aretha’s Rock Steady.

Nearly 60% of white respondents, who make up about 74% of the survey’s sample, say that race relations are “fairly bad” or “very bad,” while 40% say they’re “very good” or “fairly good.” In mid-2013, those numbers were inverted — with a majority of whites holding positive assessments of race relations in the U.S.

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