Is this true? Michelle complained about feeling she’s invisible because among other things people pet her dog without looking in her eye.

“Consider the white racist attacks Michelle recounts.  “Daily slights.  People talk over you.”  Buckle up.  There’s more.  “People will come up and pet my dogs but will not look me in the eye.”  Then this: While waiting in line for ice cream with her daughters, Michelle O. tells us, “a white woman cut right in front of us.”  She reports that white students assigned to room with her in college changed their dorm assignments because they did not want to room with a black person.

“With eloquence and feeling, Michelle describes the devastating impact of the “daily slights” received from white people — they “change the shape of your soul.”  In the parlance of social justice ideology and Critical Race Theory, the “soul change” Michelle undergoes is called “inheriting the wound” of America’s systemic racism.  Its effects are real in the sense that they may be sincerely felt.

“Michelle’s recounting of her experience of being a black woman in America is disturbing and even moving.  “When I’m just a black woman, white people don’t even see us.  That is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them.  We don’t exist.  And when we do exist, we exist as a threat.  And that’s exhausting.”  Departing the White House for the last time, she admits to Oprah, “when I got on the plane, I think I sobbed for like thirty minutes.”

“Both as FLOTUS and after settling into an 11-plus-million-dollar Martha’s Vineyard mansion, Michelle found neither final escape nor permanent relief from racism and the pain it inflicts.  How could she?  She still resides in permanently and systemically racist America.  But she did find strategies to help her cope.  “It has been so important for me to have black women in my crew, throughout my life, because there is such a relief when you don’t have to walk into your group and explain yourself.”

Michelle Deserves Pity, but the Rest of Us Deserve More

By Mark DeVine

The equation “racial disparities = systemic racism” has achieved axiom status in the science of social justice.  Recently, Michelle Obama upped the ante of racism’s reach by lowering the bar for its detection even farther.  Her recent podcast interview detailing the many racist blows and jabs she’s absorbed and the pain inflicted thereby should evoke pity for her — and also for all who must contend with the societal fallout Michelle’s particular brand of “suffering” portends.

Consider the white racist attacks Michelle recounts.  “Daily slights.  People talk over you.”  Buckle up.  There’s more.  “People will come up and pet my dogs but will not look me in the eye.”  Then this: While waiting in line for ice cream with her daughters, Michelle O. tells us, “a white woman cut right in front of us.”  She reports that white students assigned to room with her in college changed their dorm assignments because they did not want to room with a black person.

With eloquence and feeling, Michelle describes the devastating impact of the “daily slights” received from white people — they “change the shape of your soul.”  In the parlance of social justice ideology and Critical Race Theory, the “soul change” Michelle undergoes is called “inheriting the wound” of America’s systemic racism.  Its effects are real in the sense that they may be sincerely felt.

Michelle’s recounting of her experience of being a black woman in America is disturbing and even moving.  “When I’m just a black woman, white people don’t even see us.  That is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them.  We don’t exist.  And when we do exist, we exist as a threat.  And that’s exhausting.”  Departing the White House for the last time, she admits to Oprah, “when I got on the plane, I think I sobbed for like thirty minutes.”

Both as FLOTUS and after settling into an 11-plus-million-dollar Martha’s Vineyard mansion, Michelle found neither final escape nor permanent relief from racism and the pain it inflicts.  How could she?  She still resides in permanently and systemically racist America.  But she did find strategies to help her cope.  “It has been so important for me to have black women in my crew, throughout my life, because there is such a relief when you don’t have to walk into your group and explain yourself.”

Infantilization of a First Lady

Michelle is a product of the “infantilization” of black Americans John McWhorter so incisively warns of.  The upshot of McWhorter’s contention is that a victimhood culture flourishes among blacks that inhibits the maturity of blacks or people of any color who internalize a debilitating “blame others” and “depend upon others” ethos.  “White people don’t even see us!”  What power over herself Michelle cedes to whites.  And what bitterness and blame she harbors and feeds within her soul.

According to McWhorter and other un-woke blacks, this infantilization was nurtured by the post-MLK civil rights leadership in cahoots with a Democrat Party anxious to win black votes by posing as their protectors and providers and by a nation of whites desperate to dissociate from racism.  Infantilization inhibits the cultivation of that one adult psychic instinct Shelby Steele insists is uniquely necessary to human flourishing in America — taking responsibility for oneself.

Fueled by Marxist Critical Race Theory, the rapid development of modern social justice ideology since 2012 has expanded the scope and deepened the debilitating consequences of post-MLK infantilization, giving rise to the concept of micro-aggressions and the need for white-free safe spaces.

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