President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama Interview with People Magazine about Racial Microaggressions
Apparently, wearing the presidential cloak doesn’t protect you from racial microaggressions.
In a revealing interview with People Magazine, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama detailed their own experiences with race, proving that respectability politics and a tuxedo aren’t going to save you from being threatening or overlooked.
“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” the first lady told PEOPLE, laughing wryly, along with her husband, at the assumption that the first family has been largely insulated from coming face-to-face with racism.
“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Mrs. Obama said.
But it didn’t stop — even in the White House. The First Lady detailed a trip she took to Target, during which a woman asked her to get something off the shelf.
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