In a new line of attack by the racial grievance industry, the movement’s high priestess Michelle Obama took the opportunity at the opening of the new $420 million Whitney Museum in New York City to say she had a “feeling of not belonging” in museums growing up on the south side of Chicago.
In her speech at the opening of the museum, the First Lady said:
“You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, ‘well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood.
In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum.
And growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was one of those kids myself. So I know that feeling of not belonging in a place like this. And today, as first lady, I know how that feeling limits the horizons of far too many of our young people.”
Mrs. Obama said this “feeling of not belonging” caused her and President Barack Obama to “open up the White House to as many young people as possible, especially those who ordinarily wouldn’t have a chance to visit.”
In her remarks, she continued:
“And that’s one of the reasons why Barack and I, when we first came to Washington, we vowed to open up the White House to as many young people as possible, especially those who ordinarily wouldn’t have a chance to visit.
So just about every time we host any kind of cultural event, a concert or performance, we ask the performers to come a few hours early and host a special workshop just for our young people.
The message we’re trying to send is simple.
We’re telling our young people: The White House is your house. You belong here just as much as anyone else in this country. We’re telling them: Make yourselves at home in this house. Be inspired by the artists and performers you see. And start dreaming just a little bigger, start reaching just a little higher for yourself.”
Apparently, Michelle’s decision to welcome “young people” to the public square doesn’t extend to “white young people”.
Editor-in-Chief Michele Hickford writing for former Congressman Alan West’s website revealed that white children were barred from attending a Black History Month an event called “Black Lives Matter” that was held on February 27 at the Oak Park and River Forest High School in Chicago.
The widely covered slight against white children being barred from the event elicited no comment from Michelle Obama in the aftermath of the clearly race based decision.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
“…white parents reported that their students were turned away when they tried to attend the Black Lives Matter event. The parents said they were offended that in a school and community that prides itself on diversity and inclusion that students who wanted to attend would be excluded.”
“As of last year, the school’s student population was 55 percent white, 27 percent black, 9 percent Hispanic, 6 percent multiracial and 3 percent Asian, according to the school’s website.
The high school’s percentage of black students is more than twice the national average for the black population as a whole, and the percentage of students who identify as multiracial is about six times the national average, according to the U.S. Census.”
Hicks added that African American principal Nathaniel Rouse said:
“…the event was not intended to be exclusive”…and that “the decision to allow only black students was based in an idea known as affinity grouping. In an affinity group, the philosophy is that students of one racial persuasion are able to express themselves fully and safely.”
This tortured and ironic argument about the inherent racism of barring white kids from attending a Black History Month event because they are white could also be used by the Ku Klux Klan to justify barring black kids from the schoolhouse door.