Through The Static

April 9, 2008

Obama advance: ‘Get me more white people’

Filed under: Culture,Politics,Race — disciplepete @ 9:19 pm


From the account in Carnegie Mellon’s paper, the Tartan, of a Michelle Obama event in Pittsburgh:

While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama.

The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”

“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”




  1. Color coordination?


    Oh, ho, YES WE CAN!!!

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 12, 2008 @ 6:17 am | Reply

  2. Haha…a more perfect union has gotta be color coordinated.

    Comment by disciplepete — April 12, 2008 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  3. I’m gonna bet they were looking for “typical” white people too! haha

    Comment by disciplepete — April 12, 2008 @ 7:31 am | Reply

  4. who art thou, disciple pete? we should be friends. ::thinks:: facebook friends <–starting slow

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 12, 2008 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  5. We should be friends. I am Pete, the disciple of a news deity known as Tranimal, and thee? Are you Alice, my facebook friend, one of my facebook friends who has chosen to ignore me for eons? haha Or if not then lemme know how to find u on facebook and we can be friends!

    Comment by disciplepete — April 12, 2008 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  6. As I only have 2 facebook friends named “peter” I am guessing we have yet to connect. besides, how can I ignore thee?

    i’m mutual friends with tranimal on facebook. the only one listed as “alice”. Add me or RAUURRRR!

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 13, 2008 @ 8:22 am | Reply

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