The most powerful man in the world and his Ivy League educated attorney wife feel oppressed and mistreated by the country that made them wealthy and powerful. The first couple, whose personal net worth is estimated at about seven million dollars, complained to People Magazine that the system has held them down and hurt their feelings.
"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," said the president, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.
Mrs. Obama recalled another incident: "He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee."
My God, the suffering. The humiliation. The pain! Somebody mistook him for a valet, and asked him to get coffee! While we ponder for a moment who might be stupid enough to trust Obama with their car keys, let's consider those who are also victims of injustice. Those people who've lost their jobs or seen their insurance premiums rise because of Obamacare. Those dedicated Americans who died in Benghazi because of this administration's incompetence. The small business owners who had their shops burned and lost everything because Obama egged on the Ferguson rioters.
Look, racism exists. It's a real thing, and it does still affect people. There are people who are individually terrible and who mistreat members of minority groups. This has always been the case, and will always be the case. There are bad people.
But institutional racism is a thing of the past. Laws no longer discriminate against blacks, or Hispanics, or other groups. 30 years ago, only 12% of black adults aged 25 or over had a college degree; today that number is just over 25%- or essentially the same as for white Americans. Black earning power is at an all time high.
It's particularly disingenuous of Obama, who so proudly wears the mantle of Black President, to complain about being singled out because of his skin color. He's made a career out of being Black. There's nothing wrong with being proud of one's heritage, whether you're a proud Irishman, a proud Native American girl, or a proud Black man. Embrace it, celebrate it, whatever. But when you've been given wealth, fame, and power, don't pretend that you're being held down by The Man.