For Michelle Obama, 2014 Has Been A Year Of Racial Stirring

Dave Edwards - Author
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Dec. 28 2014, Updated 7:31 a.m. ET

If you were inclined to sympathize with Michelle Obama and conclude that her recent comments on racist behavior in Target were misconstrued, you’d be wise to consider the First Lady’s history.

Michelle Obama’s complete u-turn when describing an interaction with a white lady asking for her help reaching groceries is not the first time she has used her status to misguidedly cry racism. Indeed, in May, the Inquisitr reported how Obama urged high school students to monitor their family and friends for racial insensitivity.

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“As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices… it’s up to you to help them see things differently… You all can make a difference every day in your own lives simply by teaching others the lessons you’ve learned… Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt talks about ‘those people.’ Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.”

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This statement, if taken at face value, appears a sensible viewpoint, merely encouraging racial awareness and sensitivity. But Mrs Obama has her own dubious history when it comes to using insensitive racial language. Speaking to ABC’s Robin Roberts in June at the White House Summit on Working Families, the First Lady used a term considered extremely derogatory to Roma Gypsies.

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“The first thing I tried to do, which was a mistake, was that I tried the part-time thing… I realized I was getting gypped on that front. What happened was I got a part-time salary but worked full time.”

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Surely somebody in Mrs. Obama’s position could have chosen to use a more considered phrase, being that the term gypped is a slur that is regarded to be ethnically offensive? Indeed, to put Michelle Obama’s recent racist grabbing headlines and gaffes into perspective, it is necessary to consider her historical obsession with race.

While attending Princeton, Michelle Obama was one of the leaders of a black student organization that invited onto campus the Palestine Liberation Organization leader Hassan Rahman, an advocate of terrorism. Rahman, a controversial figure, reiterated the PLO’s position that the “Palestinians deserve a homeland and that they are entitled to use terrorism to achieve their goal, just as American revolutionaries did against the British.”

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“We have the right to kill them if they are traitors and negotiate with the Israelis.”

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The campus group led by Obama, named the Third World Center (TWC), had a board membership exclusively reserved for minorities. An example of the TWC board’s obsession with race can be found in the reaction to a Princeton editorial penned in 1981, titled “Rebuilding Race Relations.”

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