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 isnâ€™t the first time Michelle, or her husband, have mentioned this. However, like many of the things heard at the Democrat National Convention, Obamaâ€™s statement was carefully scripted and left out some very important details.
Back when she used her â€œhouse built by slavesâ€ comment at a college graduation, Independent JournalÂ reported that the statement was true, but it also left out important details.
For starters, the White House wasnâ€™t built primarily by slaves. Yes, slaves helped build it, but it was also built by white immigrants and local workers. So the ObamasÂ also wake up in a house built by white people â€¦ but I guess that isnâ€™t very important to them.
In addition to that, there was some evidence that the government actually paid the â€œslavesâ€ who worked on the house â€” which by most definitions of slavery wouldnâ€™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 â€” anyone who says otherwise is living in a fantasy land â€” 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 Americaâ€™s history, trying to remind all of us that weâ€™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.