Obama: As a black man he’s been mistaken for valet

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

“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,” Obama told People magazine in an interview out Wednesday. Amid the ongoing national uproar over the deaths of several unarmed black men and teenagers at the hands of police, the Obamas said that they’ve personally experienced indignities and misunderstandings based on race despite being the most famous and prominent African-American family in the country. “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” Ms.

Michelle Obama has opened up about an incident when she visited the shop Target as First Lady, and the only person who approached her was someone who mistook her for a shop assistant. Obama said, adding: “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 didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. So it isn’t anything new.” President Obama put the incidents in perspective, comparing them to what older generations faced in the past and to what younger generations face today. (RELATED: Obama Wants Daughters To Work Crappy Minimum-Wage Jobs So They Understand America) “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala,” he continued. “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.”

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. 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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