It’s certainly a rough life where you get to attend black tie dinners and eat at fancy restaurants on a regular basis.
Just imagine the difficulties of having to struggle through that while being black.
Well, President Obama and the first lady finally stopped holding back (like they ever did) and vented to People magazine about all the bias they’ve faced as a wealthy non-white couple.
First off, Barry has in the past had trouble catching a cab. As everyone knows, that only happens if you’re black.
Or so I’ve heard. I wouldn’t really know, since when I take public transportation I actually try to save money and ride the bus. I’ve had trouble catching them from time to time, but that’s no surprise. I mean, a white guy walking in L.A.? That’s pretty shady.
But back to the Obamas, who tell a horrifying tale of the time Barry was at a black-tie dinner, wearing the requisite tuxedo, and someone asked him to get coffee.
Then there was the time he was mistaken for a valet, which he assures readers is a problem unique to black men.
“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 said.
I can’t even imagine how mortifying that must be — mostly because places where you need a tuxedo or where they have valet parking won’t let me through the front door as a rule.
If someone ever handed me the keys to their BMW, I’d be embarrassed too — but the ensuing road trip to Vegas would help me get over it.
The roughest patch, however, was experienced by first lady Michelle Obama, who reported being abused on a shopping trip to Target by a short woman who asked her to help get something off a high shelf.
That happens to me probably on average twice a week, so I can sympathize. Being tall and beautiful (not to mention moist and delicious) has always been a curse that I’ve had to bear.
Such slights are “the regular course of life” for African-Americans, Michelle Obama told the magazine.
News flash: It happens to us Cracker-Americans, too. That’s not racism, that’s just people being stupid, and if that’s the worst you’ve got to complain about, you’re doing pretty well.
“If you look at after what happened with Michael Brown,” said the president, “if you looked at what happened after Trayvon, if you looked at the decision after Eric Garner, I’m being pretty explicit about my concern, and being pretty explicit about the fact that this is a systemic problem, that black folks and Latinos and others are not just making this up,” Obama told BET earlier this month.
Except that some of it is made up. Michael Brown was not a peaceful teen gunned down by a racist cop; he was a thug who beat then charged a police officer who feared for his life. Trayvon was a wannabe gangsta who got shot while trying to beat up an overzealous Latino Neighborhood Watch member. Eric Garner was a grossly overweight petty criminal who resisted arrest and was put in a head lock, not a chokehold; he couldn’t breathe because he had asthma, which probably contributed to his heart attack.
All of them were criminals behaving like criminals. Not black criminals, just criminals. And they put themselves into situations that led to their demise.
All these criminal cases are signs of something, just not racism.
And all those incidents the Obamas cite are signs that maybe the president needs to upgrade his wardrobe.