On Monday night, first lady Michelle Obama spoke to a room full of angry Bernie Sanders supporters and bored Hillary Clinton supporters and once again reminded everyone that she wakes up in a house built by slaves.
This isn’t the first time Michelle, or her husband, have mentioned this. However, like many of the things heard at the Democrat National Convention, Obama’s statement was carefully scripted and left out some very important details.
Back when she used her “house built by slaves” comment at a college graduation, Independent Journal reported that the statement was true, but it also left out important details.
For starters, the White House wasn’t built primarily by slaves. Yes, slaves helped build it, but it was also built by white immigrants and local workers. So the Obamas also wake up in a house built by white people … but I guess that isn’t very important to them.
In addition to that, there was some evidence that the government actually paid the “slaves” who worked on the house — which by most definitions of slavery wouldn’t make them slaves. Maybe Michelle should open up a book before she speaks next time.
While America does have a history of racism and slavery — anyone who says otherwise is living in a fantasy land — it also has a history of people boldly standing up against such evil acts and taking strides to make this land a better place.
Democrats like to harp on the darkest chapters of America’s history, trying to remind all of us that we’re all terrible people. They never point out the millions of Republicans and Democrats, black and white, who stood up to racism and slavery and literally died to make this country better.
Perhaps we should celebrate the successes of America and use them to move forward, not just linger on the shameful moments of our past.