It almost sounds like something straight out of George Orwell's "1984." While speaking to high school graduates in Topeka, Kansas, First Lady Michelle Obama said students should monitor family members, friends and co-workers for racially insensitive remarks and correct them as needed, The Blaze reported Monday. Aside from The Blaze and various conservative blogs, no mainstream media outlet reported the comments as of this writing.
Obama also referenced this in remarks published on the White House website, The Blaze added.
“[O]ur 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,” the first lady said. “There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny.”
She asked students to “drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you” in the fight against racism.
“Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt [that] talks about ‘those people,’” she added. “Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends."
Radio talk show host Glenn Beck noted Obama's comments and sarcastically wondered if segregation was making a comeback under the radar.
"Michelle Obama gave a speech where… they’re worried about segregation again, and I don’t think that that was something that any of us worried about six years ago,” he said. “Was anybody on the, ‘Hey, we might all be segregated again?’ I don’t know. It’s strange how their policies to bring us all together is just driving a stake in our heart and a wedge between all of us.”
Obama was invited to speak to students in Topeka in honor of the 60th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision which said states could not establish separate public schools for black and white students. While she praised Topeka as a culturally diverse city, she claimed that efforts are underway to undo desegregation.
“But remember, not everyone has grown up in a place like Topeka. See, many districts in this country have actually pulled back on efforts to integrate their schools, and many communities have become less diverse as folks have moved from cities to suburbs,” she said, without providing any specific examples.
Co-host Stu Burguiere jokingly suggested students "tape personal conversations in the kitchen of NBA owners."
“If we could just do that and then report them right to like the IRS – wouldn’t that be good,” Beck added.
"I’m surprised she didn’t ask students to report their family members to the government," said a blog post at The Federalist Papers. "I guess that’s the next step!"