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Douglas Andrews / May 14, 2021

Poor Persecuted Michelle Obama

When it comes to the former first lady, nobody knows the trouble she’s seen.

It’s got to be tough being Michelle Obama. With all the systemic racism and the persecution she has to deal with on a daily basis? It’s a wonder she’s sane at all.

In a recent interview with “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King, the former first lady talked about vaccines for a bit. But then King brought up the Derek Chauvin verdict, and cops, and race. And that’s where Michelle’s mask slipped, as it usually does.

“There is [sic] clearly issues between the black community and policing,” said King, “and it seems there are still so many people that don’t want to even admit that there’s a problem with racism in this country.”

That, it seems, was all Michelle needed to hear. “I wish I had an answer,” she said, before launching with certitude into an answer. “For me it goes back to, we have to get to know each other. And so much of what is going on is that if you’ve been raised to assume that all black people are X, in the case of interactions between black me and police officers, sadly, it can also often lead to death.”

Whoa, what happened to getting to know “each other”?

Obama seems to be suggesting that cops shouldn’t make blanket assumptions about criminal suspects, even when those assumptions often save their lives. But perhaps, if we’re getting to know each other, Michelle might’ve also suggested that black men think about how deadly dangerous it is to ignore lawful orders and to resist arrest. As far as Michelle is concerned, though, it’s all about white people assuming that all black people are X.

“Many of us still live in fear,” she lamented, “as we go to the grocery store or worry about … walking our dogs, or allowing our children to get a license. … I, like so many parents of black kids — the innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts. So I think we have to talk about it more, and we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more, and to believe us, and to know we don’t wanna be out there marching. I mean, all those Black Lives Matter kids? They’d rather not have to worry about this. They’re taking to the streets because they have to. They’re trying to have people understand that we’re real folks, and the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational, and it’s based on a history that is just — it’s sad and it’s dark, and it’s time to move beyond that.”

“Us,” she says. It’s rich the way Michelle, whose net worth is half of $135 million, still uses first-person plural pronouns when talking about the black community. Why, it’s as if she’s still a little kid living on the South Side, rather than a world-famous and unimaginably privileged 57-year-old woman living in a $12-million Martha’s Vineyard mansion with Secret Service protection around her at all times.

And that fear she bemoans as “irrational” and “sad” and “dark”? We wonder: Is it really irrational for certain folks to fear black people? After all, black-on-white crime is far more prevalent than white-on-black crime, despite blacks being just 13% of the population.

And what about black-on-Asian crime, Michelle? Is that also an irrational fear?

Forget interracial. What about black-on-black crime? Here we might ask Michelle’s fellow Chicagoan, Jesse Jackson, just how irrational that fear is. It was Jackson, after all, who once shared a “sad” and “dark” truth when he said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see someone white and feel relieved.”

Was Jesse being “irrational,” Michelle? Maybe it’s irrational for residents of tony Martha’s Vineyard, where only the tiniest fraction of black families can afford to live. But in Baltimore? St. Louis? Chicago? New York? Please.

As for Michelle’s out-sized persecution complex, we’re not sure what to make of it. But, as the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh argues, “If you are not yet convinced that Michelle Obama is a victim, and that her longstanding bitterness towards this country is therefore warranted, I need only remind you of a segment from her podcast a few months ago where she talked about the racism she experienced even while in the White House. The tale she tells is truly harrowing. To summarize: she was in line waiting to buy ice cream once and a white lady accidentally cut in front of her. That’s it. That’s the whole story.”

Walsh is spot-on, of course. It ain’t easy being Michelle. But this is her cross to carry.

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