Obama: I’ve been mistaken for a valet driver, waiter

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

President and Michelle Obama personally identify with everyday experiences of racial bias in America that have underpinned recent protests across the country, they told People magazine in an interview to be released Friday. “Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Michelle Obama told the magazine. “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. “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.” Though they’ve lived inside the White House bubble for six years, the Obamas have been making the point that they are still in touch with the experience of minority communities. President Obama has not directly weighed in on the case. “I think LeBron did the right thing,” Obama said of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who wore a shirt with the slogan on the court. “We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness. Wall Street Journal reporter Katie Rosman had previously shared how she witnessed Obama on the receiving end of discrimination at a New York City book party hosted by Tina Brown in 2003.

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’ comments came amid national tension over the recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Rosman had been chatting with Obama at the soiree and when they finished their conversation, a fellow guest inquired after the man’s identity, admitting that he had mistaken him for the wait staff. “I was approached by another guest, an established author.

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