Michelle Obama is complaining about racism in America. I’m talking about a specific story here, although God knows I could just be making a general observance because, honestly, when was the last time one of the Obamas wasn’t whining about or opining on racism? Seriously, if I were to mention all the times Barack or Michelle opened their mouths and spewed divisive, uneducated or generally asinine rhetoric about race relations, I’d be here all day. Just Google “Obama comments on racism” and you’ll have to sift through over 32 million results. No, really, it’s 32 million. I checked. (Oh, and Google delivered those results to me in .47 seconds. I’m not sure why Google feels that I need to know this, but it’s impressive. I guess.)
Anyway, as you may have heard, Mrs. Obama delivered a rather whiny and self-centered commencement speech over the weekend at Tuskegee University in Alabama, during which she compared her experiences as First Lady to the experiences of several historical civil-rights leaders and other African American icons like Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. Standing in front of hundreds of students, she said she understood the difficulties and struggles of being black in today’s society and even offered up a laundry list of “daily slights” that many minorities often face, adding that no matter what efforts black people make, “for some folks it will never be enough.” Here’s a snippet of some of the most nauseatingly stupid remarks:
As potentially the first African-American first lady, [during the 2008 campaign] I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud or too emasculating? Or was I too soft? Too much of a mom and not enough of a career woman? … The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me. There will be times, just like for those [Tuskegee] airmen, when you feel like folks look right past you. Where they see just a fraction of who you really are.”
She then launched into a spiel about those “daily slights” she and Barack have supposedly experienced:
We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. The folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety, the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores. The people at formal events who assumed we were the help. And those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country. And I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day. Those nagging worries about whether you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason. The fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds. The agony of sending your children to schools that are no longer separate, but far from equal. The realization that no matter how far you rise in life — how hard you work to be a good person, a good parent, a good citizen — for some folks it will never be enough.”
And then there was this:
“And of course Barack has endured his fair share of insults and slights. Even today, there are still folks questioning his citizenship.”
And, uh, this:
“And as we’ve seen over the past few years, those feelings [of being invisible or not good enough] are real. They’re rooted in decades of structural challenges that have made too many folks feel frustrated and invisible. And those feelings are playing out in communities like Baltimore and Ferguson and so many others across this city.”
Have you had enough yet? Feeling the urge to vomit into your mouth? Or is that just me? Well, apparently I’m not alone. A few conservatives on Twitter and other social media networks chimed in:
I mean, there’s just nothing quite like the wife of the most powerful man on the face of the Earth griping about race relations or how she and her husband are viewed or treated by the media. (She took the time to mention that cartoon that appeared in The New Yorker.) She also referenced FOX NEWS personalities who discussed her “terrorist fist jab,” those in cable TV who referred to her as “Obama’s baby mama” and even Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion that she had “a little bit of uppityism” because of her nanny state food policies. She also made sure to toss in author and political commentator Michelle Malkin’s reference to the First Lady as one of Obama’s “cronies of color,” from Malkin’s book “Culture of Corruption.” (Great read, by the way.)
I’ll admit that, other than my own college graduation, I haven’t sat through too many commencement speeches, especially not one delivered by a well-known political figure like Mrs. Obama or a famous movie star like Denzel Washington. (Washington, in stark contrast, told students to “put God first in everything you do.”) I was just happy to have survived college without spending any time in an insane asylum. But, I tend to think that most commencement speakers should inspire graduates with hope about the future, not race-bait or attempt to indoctrinate everyone with liberal progressive ideology. Besides, students get enough of that from their professors without having to sit through it on what should be the most celebratory day of their college experience. Unfortunately, this is what happens when you ask either of the Obamas to give a speech in front of a group of people, no matter the venue. They tend to focus on themselves, not the audience.
It’s pathetic, really, when you think about. The hypocrisy, the utter stupidity. Here’s a woman complaining to an all-black audience about the tribulations she has endured thanks to racism, and being lambasted by the media, while she jets off to Hawaii to vacation at Oprah Winfrey’s massive mansion on the dime of the American taxpayer. While she hobnobs with celebrities. While she goes to bed every night in the White House. While she enjoys round-the-clock service and protection.
Yeah, that’s one oppressed black woman right there.
If there were ever any doubt that Michelle is just as much of a racist as her husband, maybe even more so, it’s now been laid to rest. I mean, how else can you explain this segment of her speech, as if this list only applies to black students:
“The countless hours you spent studying to get this diploma. The multiple jobs you worked to pay for school. The times you drove home to take care of your grandma. The evenings you gave up to volunteer at a food bank or organize a campus fundraiser. They don’t know that part of you. Instead, they will make assumptions about who they think you are, based on their limited notion of the world.”
Seriously, Michelle? You’re of a race that makes up roughly 11 percent of the general population. You and your husband were clearly not voted in to office by only black people. Do the math. White people showed up in droves to vote for you! Twice! And you believe that you’re somehow “invisible?" How could you possibly become the First Lady of the United States of America if you were invisible? Or attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School? Or marry a U.S. Senator?
Invisible? Give me a break.
Please, for God’s sake, please tell me about the troubles you’ve seen, Mrs. Obama. The persecution you’ve endured. The hardships you’ve battled. Indulge me with your tales of misery and woe. You say you’ve “felt the strings of those daily slights.” You say that blacks are overlooked for jobs "because of how their names sounds.” But, haven’t other people felt that too, historically? Hispanics? Native Americans? Middle Easterners?
And, surely, whites have never dealt with this, right? I mean, it would just be ludicrous to say that white conservatives are bypassed for jobs simply because they adhere to a conservative viewpoint. It would just be wildly inaccurate to say that religious Americans are belittled, laughed at and mocked every day in this country. That just never happens. It’s just blacks, right? They’re the ones being treated unfairly.
Speaking of inaccuracies, the reason that many of us question the Obamas’ honesty and their love of this country (and, I’m just taking a shot in the dark here) probably has to do with the fact that they’ve repeatedly lied to us over and over again. Let’s face reality here, folks. It’s not racist to question the integrity of Mr. and Mrs. Obama. When I say that I question their honesty, I’m not talking about black people as a whole. I’m talking about this particular black woman and her black husband and this particular situation. As the people who elected them, we — all Americans — have every right to question and scrutinize this couple, just as we would with the Bushes, the Clintons, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson or any other past or future president and first lady.
As if lying isn’t enough, Mrs. Obama went to great lengths halfway through her speech to cast America as the sort of bigoted place where black people can’t even enter a department store without being followed around or cross the street without being executed. I have to admit, it’s hard for me to believe that this woman has any sort of love, respect or patriotism for a country she essentially describes as a racist hellhole — and then turns around and complains that people continually think that she doesn’t love the country, as if their complaints are simply because she’s black. But, it’s not because she’s black. It’s because this is the only way she (and her husband) ever talk about America. This is how they consistently describe the country they live in, the country they’ve amassed wealth and power in, the country they've flourished in.
I honestly believe that, decades from now, a lot of people will look back on the Obamas as two people who had a massively unprecedented opportunity to change the condition of America for the better — to change race relations forever — and, instead, took us all back to the 1960’s because of egomaniacal, selfish, dirty grudge politics. Her subtle, but intentional, tying of Baltimore and Ferguson to the assertion that black people still feel invisible today (and she empathizes with that because she still feels invisible) is absolute absurdity. Baltimore didn’t burn because a few black people felt they weren’t being heard. Baltimore burned because a lot of black people made very foolish, selfish, violent choices. But, she’ll never say that. She’ll never say: “Hey, I’m the First Lady of the United States of America. I’m married to the most powerful man on the planet. I know how you feel, but listen, the truth is things are getting better. Things are better. Rioting in the streets and torching cars is not the answer. You can succeed in this country if you do your best and work hard.”
That’s the message we should have heard from this woman. Instead, we heard the opposite.
Michelle Obama has lived quite a privileged, comfortable life for a very long time and yet somehow feels she has the experience and right to lecture America about racism, complain that she still endures racial discrimination and that America needs to change for the better because we’re all still stuck in the 1950’s and 60’s. She’s literally rehashing the struggles from over five decades ago as if they’re still happening today. Now, if that America did exist today, in 2015, I wouldn’t love it either. In fact, I would hate it. I might even leave for a while. If the historical events of, say, Selma, Alabama were exploding in our country today, I wouldn’t be proud of the United States. I don’t think anyone would.
But, that’s not where we are now. It’s abhorrent that this sort of speech was delivered at Tuskegee university. Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King would be rolling in their graves had they heard this speech. This is literally the antithesis of everything those great men stood for, everything they fought for, everything they were willing to die for.
I just can’t bring myself to feel sorry for a woman who can spend $2,000 on a dress, fly around in Air Force One, or take a four million dollar vacation to Hawaii.
I just can’t do it.
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