The history of America has clearly shown how Whites have always dominated the Blackes and triggered a longstanding racial tension across the country. Even country’s first African-American president Barack Obama is not left untouched from the menace.
The president says he was once mistaken for the valet as he has black skin.
Obama revealed his past experience during an interview with the prominent People magazine.
“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,” Obama said, adding, “That happened to me.”
First lady Michelle Obama also said that her husband was once mistaken for a waiter during a black-tie party and was asked for coffee from someone. Michelle also revealed that she was also victimized for being black. She said that when she visited Target as first lady, a fellow shopper had asked her to get a thing from shelf.
“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Michelle said.
Expressing disappointment over the recent racial deaths, Obama said, “Racial relations have gotten better, but more progress is required.”
“The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” Obama said while adding, “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.”
The sharing of experiences by the first couple came at a time when the country is facing several incidents of racism and fierce protests nationwide over two incidents of deaths including Ferguson’s Michael Brown and New York’s Eric Garner.