Michelle Obama had her racial resentment act on full display Saturday when she turned a graduation celebration at a historically black university into another opportunity for identity politics.
The first lady put her penchant for racial division to work when she gave the commencement address at Alabama’s Tuskegee University.
“Generation after generation, students here have shown that same grit, that same resilience to soar past obstacles and outrages — past the threat of countryside lynchings; past the humiliation of Jim Crow; past the turmoil of the Civil Rights era,” she said.
“And then they went on to become scientists, engineers, nurses and teachers in communities all across the country — and continued to lift others up along the way.”
Obama cited the situations in Ferguson and Baltimore as she pandered to the audience.
“The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me,” she said. “Because while we’ve come so far, the truth is those age-old problems are stubborn, and they haven’t fully gone away.”
She said that she and President Obama were victims of discrimination themselves.
“The people at formal events who assumed we were the help and those that have questioned our intelligence, our honesty and even our love of this country,” she said.
Occupations or intelligence aside, questions about the first couple’s honesty or love for their country have nothing to do with race.
It wasn’t white racists who dreamed up the president’s “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” promise. It wasn’t a white supremacist who made the first lady herself tell a crowd she’d never been proud of her country before her husband was running for president.
The first lady also used the occasion to continue the false narrative that police target black people disproportionately by saying what she and the president suffered is nothing compared to what black people today are going through.
“I know that these little indignities are nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every day,” Obama said. “Those nagging worries that you are going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason.”
And, of course, that America is inherently a racist nation.
She said black people have a “Fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds. The agony of sending your kids to schools that may no longer be separate but are far from equal. The realization that no matter how far you rise in life, how hard you work to be a good person, a good parent, a good citizen — for some folks it will never be enough.”
And for the Obama’s, it appears the constant pushing of racial division will never be enough.
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