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originally posted by: IAMTAT
TITLE from the People INTERVIEW:
The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences
"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."
originally posted by: kosmicjack
Well, one question...was Mrs. Obama wearing a red shirt?
Because I swear - never wear a red shirt to target or someone WILL ask you for help. LOL! Doesn't matter if you are black, white or FLOTUS.
"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 [customer]"
"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."
But hey, they preach that any amount of black trumps all other races, and the only part that matters is the black percentage.
The one-drop rule is a sociological and legal principle of racial classification that was historically prominent in the United States asserting that any person with even one ancestor of sub-Saharan-African ancestry ("one drop" of African blood) is considered to be black (Negro in historical terms). This concept evolved over the course of the 19th century and became codified into law in the 20th century. It was associated with the principle of "invisible blackness" and is an an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status.
Although racial segregation was adopted legally by southern states of the former Confederacy in the late 19th century, legislators resisted defining race by law to prevent interracial marriages. In 1895 in South Carolina during discussion, George D. Tillman said,
It is a scientific fact that there is not one full-blooded Caucasian on the floor of this convention. Every member has in him a certain mixture of... colored blood...It would be a cruel injustice and the source of endless litigation, of scandal, horror, feud, and bloodshed to undertake to annul or forbid marriage for a remote, perhaps obsolete trace of Negro blood. The doors would be open to scandal, malice, and greed.
The one-drop rule was not adopted as law until the 20th century: first in Tennessee in 1910 and in Virginia under the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 (following the passage of similar laws in several other states).
originally posted by: NoCorruptionAllowed
a reply to: theantediluvian
Go ahead and use it then, see if it helps you get a job, or a home mortgage. Go ahead and put all that same stuff in your application and see if they will then classify it with those special clauses that help minorities. I'm waiting....
originally posted by: neo96
Anyone really believes she shops at Target ?
originally posted by: Halfswede
Maybe I am missing something, but how/where is she claiming that was a racist incident? She is just telling a story of how nobody recognized her. I have had people ask me many times to get things off of shelves.
Since she has told this story before with no mention of racism, I am going to give the benefit of the doubt that People simply failed to transition topics well as the interview supposedly covered a variety of topics.
It would just be weird to retell a well-known story with well-known context as a racist incident, but who knows. Time will tell.
Listener Calls Into Glenn Beck Radio Show With an Incredible Allegation About Michelle Obama’s Race Story
A listener called into Glenn Beck’s radio program Thursday with an incredible story that contradicts First Lady Michelle Obama’s example of racism at Target. The caller said her sister was the person who asked the first lady to help her reach something, and the shocker is the woman allegedly voted for President Barack Obama — twice.
For those not familiar with the story, the first lady took a trip to Target in 2011. In a subsequent interview with David Letterman, she joked that someone didn’t recognize her and asked her to help her get something off the shelf. But in a recent interview with People magazine, Obama cited the story as an example of racism, saying the woman “saw me as someone who could help her.”
The caller, identified only as “Donna,” first called into TheBlaze Radio’s Pat and Stu on Wednesday, outraged that her sister was being painted as a racist by the first lady. TheBlaze has made multiple attempts to contact Donna’s sister since then, but was not able to reach her to independently verify her claim.
First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses, stands in line at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, after doing some shopping. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Speaking on Beck’s program, Donna said: “The funny thing is, my sister didn’t even know it was Michelle Obama until she was laying in the bed with her husband watching David Letterman and heard Michelle Obama tell the story. And she looked at her husband and said, ‘That was me!’”
“Michelle Obama told it accurately the first time, but she is twisting it now to make my sister out to be a racist,” Donna continued. “Now, her name isn’t out there. But I just got furious on my sister’s behalf. I can — we have political differences, big time, but my sister is not a racist.”
Donna said her sister is a “huge” Obama fan, and Beck said she told a Blaze Radio producer that her sister’s husband works at MSNBC.
Donna said at the time the Letterman interview came out, “The banter around the water cooler at that station was, ‘Hey … wasn’t this your wife?’ And they were jabbing with him about it.”
Now that the story has taken a completely different turn, Beck said that network should be able to easily verify or refute the first lady’s claim, but they have not yet attempted to.
“It’s your wife,” Beck said. “Don’t you have a little righteous indignation and say, ‘Guys, correct this story because this is about my wife. I know nobody knows this is about my wife. This is important. … This hurts my wife. We’re supporters. We have no axe to grind. This story needs to be corrected.’”
“And if they don’t, why wouldn’t you walk?” Beck added. “Do you have no credibility? Do you have no honor and integrity? Is there not a chivalrous bone in your body for your wife? How do you continue to work there?”
Donna said she just wanted to “set the record straight” because the incident “infuriated” her, but said it’s possible her left-leaning sister won’t want to go on the record with Glenn Beck or TheBlaze.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
I've never had a problem getting a job, a mortgage, a cab or anything else. The most interesting thing about this nonsense is that the right wing media has shifted gears in the last six years from brainwashing consumers of their propaganda into believing that every complaint by a black person resulted from a "victim mentality" to brainwashing white conservatives into HAVING a victim mentality.