Rush Limbaugh accused an “angry” First Lady Michelle Obama of attempting to “widen the racial gap” with her remarks at the dedication of a New York City art museum.
Michelle Obama recently spoke at the dedication of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, where she praised the museum's inaugural exhibit for its attempt to capture the range of cultures which built American art during the last century. Obama called the exhibit “particularly powerful for our young people” because it shows them that “their story is part of the American story, and that they deserve to be seen.” Such engagement is important, Obama said, because “there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that's not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood.”
But to Rush Limbaugh's ears, Obama was saying that “museums are for white people.” Limbaugh used the May 7 edition of his radio program to accuse the First Lady of trying to “rip this country apart” and “play the race card,” describing her as “angry” and “complaining.”
LIMBAUGH: First Lady Moo-chelle Obama gave a speech on Monday that was supposed to be celebrating the opening of a new museum. And it was a dedication, a $420 million dedication for a new building at the Whitney Museum in New York City on Monday. And a whole bunch of democrat luminaries were there - Bill de Blasio, the mayor, the architectRenzo Piano, and Moo-chelle Obama. And instead of just congratulating the staff, and praising the museum, or whatever you do at a museum opening, she decided to lecture everybody about diversity.
Everything has to be about race with these people. We were supposed to be post-racial with the election of Obama. Supposed to have put all that behind us. His election was supposed to mean something. It was supposed to signify that we had overcome and gotten past the original sin of slavery. And instead, as I knew would be the case, it's gotten worse by design, and this is one of the reasons why. Here her husband is president, the first African American president in our history, and instead of lauding this new museum, whatever, you know, these effete snobs at these museums do, to take the occasion here to widen the racial gap.
She said, 'Museums and concert halls just don't welcome non-white visitors, especially children, the way they welcome white people.' Can you imagine being in the audience for this? I mean even if you're a committed liberal, I mean, you don't want to hear this stuff all the time, I'd wouldn't think. You're here at a museum dedication, and you want to hear an angry First Lady stand up and start complaining about stuff like this?
Limbaugh went on to suggest that black people don't appreciate museums because they are “not in their cultural upbringing.”