Though she stays busy regulating what the American people are allowed to eat, Michelle Obama still manages to find time to spread accusations of racism wherever she goes. One of her most recent excursions into the fertile world of race-baiting came during her address of graduating seniors at a Topeka, Kan. high school.
In a surprising break from tradition, the first lady actually admitted there are some things federal law cannot force Americans to do.
She told students that “laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but nothing in the Constitution says we have to eat together in the lunchroom, or live together in the same neighborhoods.”
According to Spike Lee, society is apparently better off when whites are excluded from black communities. Michelle Obama, however, used the absence of such mandates to make a different point.
“There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny,” she added.
Taking her advocacy a step further, Obama encouraged the teenagers in the audience to turn against their older relatives in the ostensible goal of creating a more tolerant America.
“Maybe that starts simply in your own family,” she said, “when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt [that] talks about ‘those people.’ Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.”
She also encouraged the next generation to view every aspect of their lives through the lens of potential racism.
Continuing her call for activism, she said, “maybe it’s when you go off to college and you decide to join a sorority or fraternity and you ask the question, ‘How can we get more diversity in our next pledge class?’ Or maybe it’s years from now when you’re on the job and you’re the one who asks, ‘Do we really have all the voices and viewpoints we need at this table?’”
She concluded that students should “never be afraid to talk about these issues, particularly the issue of race,” before asserting that “today, by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech.”