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.”
We can all breathe a sigh of relief that this event seems to have gone off without a hitch. Filling seats with typical white people would have created certain racial tensions, no? Kudos to Carnegie Mellon students for not living down to Senator Obama’s characterization.