I’m White, and a Victim of Racism

Photo credit: Ser Amantio di Nicolao

Photo credit: Ser Amantio di Nicolao

Hot Air examines a goofy People interview that Barack and Michelle Obama gave in which they cited examples of the horrible racism to which they’ve been subjected.

“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.”…

I guess by this logic, though I’m white, I’m a victim of racism (somebody must have suspected I’m really black, despite my white skin) because a few weeks ago, a lady asked me to get something for her off a high shelf at Wal-Mart. No, she couldn’t have mistaken me for a worker (as I have done at least once while shopping and looking for help) because I never dress anything remotely like a Wal-Mart employee (i.e. blue vest, name tag, etc).  This lady couldn’t have simply asked what she assumed to be a friendly and helpful fellow customer; she had to be looking down on me and thought I was a lowly worker.

Think about it. I could assume this lady who asked for my help was just asking another person for help…or I could assume she looked down on me (as if Wal-Mart-or Target-workers should be looked down on) and take offense at it.

Sometimes, a person is just asking for your help.  Just like sometimes, a belligerent thug ends up shot by police, not because of the color of their skin, but because they behaved like a dangerous, belligerent thug.

Are there still racists running around out there? Yeah, unfortunately there are. But they’re a whole lot rarer than they used to be, and the institutional stuff is virtually long gone.

I guess if you walk around looking to be offended, you probably won’t be disappointed for long. Just like if you’re looking for evidence of “racism,” it won’t take long for you to “find” it.


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • DCM7

    Well said!