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If Racism Is So Bad In Thew United States, Why Do People Have To Lie About It?

People attend a demonstration against racism in front of the state agency of the German state of Saxony in Berlin, Germany, Aug.31, 2018. Anger over the suspected killing of a man by two refugees has sparked days of protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

If racism against blacks in the United States is as bad as the #BlackLivesMatter protesters claim, why is it that they have had to claim convicted felons like George Floyd and Freddie Gray or thugs like Michael Brown as their patron saints? If the police are so very terrible, why is it that we haven’t heard about actually innocent people being mistreated to death by the cops?¹

And now we come to Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States. From the New York Post:

Michelle Obama says ‘white America’ acts like black women don’t exist

By Yaron Steinbuch | August 28, 2020 | 8:55 AM EDT | Updated 11:12 AM EDT

Former first lady Michelle Obama said on her podcast Thursday that “white America” acts like black women — including herself — don’t exist.

“When I’ve been completely incognito, during the eight years in the White House, walking the dogs on the canal, people will come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye. They don’t know it’s me,” the former first lady said in “The Michelle Obama Podcast.”

“What white folks don’t understand, it’s like that is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them. You know, we don’t exist. And when we do exist, we exist as a threat. And that, that’s exhausting,” Obama continued.

“What the white community doesn’t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights, in our workplaces where people talk over you, or people don’t even see you,” she said in the episode, which also featured pals Danielle Pemberton-Heard, Kelly Dibble and Dr. Sharon Malone.

There’s more at the link.

But think about what she said. Mrs Obama said that this happened when she was First Lady, she was walking her dogs “on the canal,” which means outside of the White House grounds. She could not have left the grounds to do that without her Secret Service protective detail. For Mrs Obama to have been telling the truth, we would have to believe:

  • The ordinary public would not notice the armed Secret Service detail protecting Mrs Obama as she was out and about;
  • The Secret Service would not react when random strangers approached the First Lady; and
  • The Secret Service would allow random strangers to approach close enough to pet Mrs Obama’s dogs.

Who among us would believe these things?

The Post article relates another, equally unbelievable, tale she told, of her telling the Secret Service detail “to stand back because we were trying to be normal, trying to go in” to buy some ice cream after a soccer game. The detail would not, and could not, stand very far back, and her presence at a soccer game would have caused a real stir. That’s simply what happens with any First Lady.

Could another black woman have had a white woman cut in line in front of her in line? Yup, that could happen to anybody, black or white. But it is not believable that it could happen to the First Lady of the United States, even if she somehow hadn’t been recognized, as she claimed, due to the presence of the Secret Service.
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¹ – Even Breonna Taylor, who was apparently not guilty of any crimes herself, had been the girlfriend of a notorious drug dealer; that’s what put her in danger.
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