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Published On: Fri, Dec 19th, 2014

Racism: Michelle Obama, President Obama on Target story, new allegations

Racism is running wild at Target, according to the First Lady, as Michelle Obama People magazine how she fell victim to racism when asked to help someone.

“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. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”

Michelle Obama“No one knew that was me. Because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not. And the only thing she said — I reached up, because she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down. She said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good.”

Critics are scratching their heads at her allegation of racism, but that was a theme of the interview.

“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” the First Lady said in the interview. “Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs…”

In the interview, the President and Mrs. Obama speak on the national discussion of race, racial profiling, the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

“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,” President Obama said, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.

Mrs. Obama recalled another incident: “He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”

Things have gotten better, both Obamas agreed, but there’s still more progress to be made.

“The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. 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.”

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  1. KB says:

    This ugly bitch should try getting a real job and stop complaining about racism from the comfortable perch of the White House. She’s slamming the very people who are paying for her undeserved luxuries.

  2. Beverly Prather says:

    Is Michele Obama aware that thousands of women, black and white, stock shelves at Target all day long, for 7.50 per hour, for some of them it is a second job.

    Even old women have to stand checking for hours, and can not afford to shop at Target. For 7.50 per hour, they get school clothes for the grandchildren at Goodwill

    Please give Michele a real job, she is not taking her current job, too seriously. Shop, party, shop, complain of racisim

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