Obama’s Personal Experiences With Racism

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President Obama has revealed a side to him that we don’t often see. In an interview with People, racial prejudice isn’t a thing of the past for his family. In fact, in the candid interview it is something that still lurks in the back of his mind, years after becoming the President.

In light of the recent cases of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, and a speech that Obama gave earlier, stating that Martin could have been his son or himself 35 years earlier, the candor of the President doesn’t go unnoticed.

In the Interview, it appears the Obama family accept racial prejudice as an issue that continues but must be quickly addressed. President Obama mentions his own dealings with it, especially before his term in the Whitehouse. “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” admitting that it has happened to him when he lived in Chicago. Obamas-Racism

But he rationalizes the experiences as something that can’t be compared to those of a generation ago. “The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.”[1]

[1] Westfall, S. People Magazine. (2014, 17 December) The Obama’s: How we deal with out own racist experiences. http://www.people.com/article/barack-obama-michelle-obama-ferguson-racism-racial-profiling-interview (Retrieved 2015, 8 January)

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Cmon.. Im getti g fed up with this anon… How can u oppose so many of the things he does. Then post a sympothetic msg of his views.. This is clearly an attempt by him (and michelle judging by the pic) to get sympothy.. I see this more and more on your posts..as soon as i read this i thought (“propoganda due to the unrest in USA)and i dont belong to an activist group (tho i wish i did but dont know how) why would u sympothise with this post? Really im scratching my head right now

  2. Whenever a population can be divided, whether it be by color,income,religion,height,weight,and a myriad of other circumstances,there will always be those who use the differences to divide. Incalcuable monies have been amassed by these kind of profiteurs.Additionally, I feel your pain Mr. Obama;I too have suffered racism,but in was in reverse.A black parent did not want her child to share a dorm room with me in college solely because I was white. I have also suffered racism for having a bi-racial child, and the preponderence of it has come from the black community. A lot has been overcome in this country,and yes,more change is needed. It would help to have a leader who would speak out against racial agitators.

    • What you said is really true. People are always looking for differences in superiority, whether they are real or just an illusion. Thing is though, when the difference for which you are discriminated for isn’t something real, or is something you can’t change, it becomes a sort of crime to claim superiority towards it, instead of a normal competition claim.

      All in all, i think racism is rising again, and the most people, at least in Brazil (where i live), who seem to be raising it again, are the poorer whites (and some blacks too), usually with some sort of apparent weirdness to them (probably a mental disorder of some sort).

  3. I never one to speak at politics, but I don’t see any issue with Obama. Matter of fact, I think he’s a pretty good president. I mean he ended two wars, lowered gas prices to under 2.50 a gallon (which I haven’t seen since the end of the Clinton administration), got unemployment rate down, and killed Bin Laden. If you ask me, he’s better than the other guy that got us in to this mess to begin with. Just about everything the PEOPLE wanted he did. Oh, and if you want to bring up the affordable care act, remember this; That act was created in the Regan administration by conservatives. So if you’re a left winger you should look with in your own party before pointing fingers.

  4. I admire Anonymous for well balanced coverage of world leaders, speaking on the pros and cons as you see it. That is using the tool of free speech responsibly!

  5. I’ve experienced rascism in my on city in the past. somtime it makes me mad, sometime it makes me laugh.But i tend to love my white sisters n brothers. I’m a black 47 yr old man,not worried about some white guy tryin to victimize me.But i do watch and pray.

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