There was a bit of head-scratching on Twitter Monday night when the Washington Post dropped some clickbait that was too tempting not to click, assuming you’re not a black woman and don’t already know the twist.
Opinion: Michelle Obama goes unrecognized on walks outside the White House. Black women know why. https://t.co/3Jy02pNCQ5
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 17, 2017
White House correspondent April Ryan discussed Michelle Obama’s long, uninterrupted walks around the nation’s capital with the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart during a talk about Ryan’s new book, “At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.”
So, just how does the first lady make it around town unrecognized?
@washingtonpost Let me guess, it's because of racism isn't it? Look at her, you're racist; don't look at her, you're racist.
— Justin Fair (@justinthefair) January 17, 2017
Close … the secret (to all but black women, that is) is racial invisibility.
Ryan contends in her book that, “when it comes to being black women, we are invisible no matter what heights we have risen to and achieved.” That racial invisibility has allowed Mrs. Obama to leave the White House and wander about anonymously: “No one recognizes her … She’s basically unnoticed most times,” Ryan said.
Is it just us, or does that sound not quite right. Michelle Obama is a striking figure, standing nearly 6 feet tall, not to mention that she must have a security detail with her on those walks, right? Or is that overcomplicating things, and she really does turn invisible when she’s out and about?
@washingtonpost Oh bullshit.
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) January 17, 2017
Before calling B.S. on the theory — plenty of people weighed in to say it’s a woman’s age that renders her invisible to society. Think about it.
@washingtonpost Older women know why also. We are invisible.
— Rusty Ennemoser (@RustyEnnemoser) January 17, 2017
— julie boyd (@jboyded) January 17, 2017
Still think the theory is just B.S.?
@washingtonpost I am calling BS on this one.
— Captain Ovbious (@Captain_Ovbious) January 17, 2017
— craig grandinetti (@cralgr) January 17, 2017
Total bullshit. Big steaming pile of bullshit.
— Free Man (@libertypilot1) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost Seriously?? I want undercover video proof.
— Atlas the Titan (@atlas_thetitan) January 17, 2017
It’s probably not a good idea to lie in wait in the bushes outside the residence with a video camera; just saying.
@washingtonpost Im calling BS. She's 6'1 in heels, has a forehead like a Klingon, and an unforgettable smile.
— Cenobitescribe (@Cenobitescribe1) January 17, 2017
— Mercy Otis Warren (@Shrimedianet) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost Hint: She's the one with the huge security detail
— Clarence Freebish (@CutItOutPutin) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost Unrecognized? Or, perhaps not approached due to being escorted by Secret Service Agents?
— Selena Hanuman (@Gloritone) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost Could be that they are intimated by the Secret Service. Why does everything have to be about race??
— cashewcacao (@tbla2001) January 17, 2017
— Canis Impetum (@canisimpetum) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost It's so racist how everyone in her gated community hasn't imprinted her face in their memory. What is America turning into?
— Seeker (@thomaswillwhite) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost maybe no one cares to notice her? The ego is astounding! Besides, who believes this bs? Secret service and all that squad?
— deb harris (@debharnurse) January 17, 2017
Kinda find this hard to believe as she is quite striking, but I'll just add DC is full of smug white lefties, and leave it there. https://t.co/VB5IfNgeeD
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost News flash. Maybe they don't care
— JMB (@JMB257257) January 17, 2017
— Anatoly McIver (@anatoly_mciver) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost Stop with the race wedge issues. It's silly.
— CT Pundit (@ctpundit) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost Seriously I'm as big a supporter of equality as anybody but this type of piece does nothing to promote racial equality
— Mark S (@Tom51569517) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost a lot of these stories are just silly. She wanted the little moments of privacy. Why not just enjoy it.
— rojo (@RomImperator) January 17, 2017
@washingtonpost FFS will you please stop with this racial BS
— Enraged Corrupt Liar (@KuntEnraged) January 17, 2017
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