FLOTUS, slavery, and Washington D.C.
You have probably read a plethora of news stories generated by first lady Michelle Obama’s remarks about enslavement and the White House in her opening night endorsement speech for Hillary Clinton, delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia:
That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.
The controversy was escalated by right-wing Faux newsman Bill O’Reilly, who made a series of trollish (and wrong) comments guaranteed to inflame his audience of haters and generate ad revenue.