In an interview with People magazine, Michelle Obama disclosed some truly horrific racism she’s had to deal with in America. The First Lady told the harrowing story of how one time, at a Target store, someone mistook for an employee and asked her to get something off the shelf. The horror! The horror!

Get Glenn’s reaction below. The relevant portion begins about 3min 30 seconds into the video:

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ABC News reported:

“Even as the first lady,” she told the magazine, “during the wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf.”

She said the incidents are “the regular course of life” for African-Americans and a “challenge” for the country to overcome.


“Being stopped at Target and asked by somebody because they saw her not as the First Lady, not as the queen of the universe, but as someone, quoting her, as someone who could help her. Who looks at that as a racist thing? Except somebody who believes they’re the queen of the universe,” Glenn said.

“Since when did working at Target and having a job at Target become a black thing? Or a bad thing? Since when?”

After some discussion and a lot of jokes, Stu pointed out that the real problem here was how the elites in Washington look at service jobs as demeaning and beneath them. Why else would this otherwise harmless incident be used as an example of racism?

“Maybe the problem with the society is not sometimes people think you work at Target and therefore they’re racist. Maybe the problem with the society is people in a ruling class thinking that working at Target is an insult. Maybe that’s more of the problem in this country.”