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A White Lady Cut Off Michelle Obama In A Line & Made Her Feel Like An "Invisible" Black Woman

A White Lady Cut Off Michelle Obama In A Line & Made Her Feel Like An "Invisible" Black Woman

Former FLOTUS reflected on how Black women are often treated as "threatening" or "invisible" by White people during the latest episode of her podcast.

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Although Michelle Obama is no longer in the White House, she continues to draw our attention to important issues through her podcast on Spotify. The mother-of-two, who is not done letting her voice and that of others be heard, recently launched The Michelle Obama Podcast, where she discusses gender, race, biography, and health with her guests, including her husband Barack Obama. During this week's episode, the former First Lady of the United States reflected on how Black women are often treated as "threatening" or "invisible" by White people. She described how exhausting this treatment was while in discussion with her guests Denielle Pemberton-Heard, Kelly Dibble, and Dr. Sharon Malone.

 



 

"What the White community doesn’t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights, in our workplaces where people talk over you, or people don’t even see you," said Michelle, explaining how White people remain unaware of how they benefit from and perpetuate racism. In the light of the recent incidents, where White women threatened to call the police on Black people, Michelle recounted the details of a disturbing occurrence from her time as the First Lady that made her feel trivialized and unseen. 

 



 

The 56-year-old had been out with her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, and her guest Pemberton-Heard that day, reports Washington Times. They were waiting in line to get ice cream after a soccer game and decided to let the Secret Service stand back "because we were trying to be normal." Speaking about that moment, she continued, "And there was a line. And once again: when I’m just a Black woman, I notice that White people don’t even see me. They’re not even looking at me. So I’m standing there with two little Black girls, another Black female adult, they’re in soccer uniforms. And a White woman cuts right in front of us to order, like she didn’t even see us."

 



 

"And the girl behind the counter almost took her order. And I had to stand up, because I know [Pemberton-Heard] was like, 'Well, I’m not gonna cause a scene with Michelle Obama.' So I stepped up and I said: 'Excuse me? You don’t see us four people standing right here, you just jumped in line?'" The most disappointing part was when the woman didn't even look Michelle in the eye. "She didn’t apologize, she never looked me in my eye, she didn’t know it was me. All she saw was a Black person or a group of Black people, or maybe she didn’t even see that. Because we were that invisible," she said.

 



 

"I can tell you a number of stories like that, when I’ve been completely incognito, during the eight years in the White House, walking the dogs on the canal, people will come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye," she continued. Michelle and her guests then went on to speak about the death of George Floyd at the hands of a White police officer, the case of Amy Cooper, a White woman who called the police on a Black man in Central Park just because he asked her to put her dog on a leash. "We talk about racism all the time. There’s a level of pain, frustration, just fatigue with being Black in America," she said. 

 



 

One of her friends said that she feels "people don’t believe" the things that Black people go through every day, instead of accusing them of being over-sensitive, reports Dailydot. At this point, Michelle interjects and says, "You mean White people. Our White friends, our White colleagues. People who don’t experience this in their lives." She continued to reflect upon what it feels like to be a Black person living in the United States. "It’s so telling of how white America views people who are not like them. You know, we don’t exist. And when we do exist we exist as a threat. And that’s exhausting," she expressed per Independent.

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