Feds Yank Spain Racism Warning Before Michelle Trip

Warning was out of date, embassy says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 2:02 AM CDT
Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha arrive at Malaga airport in southern Spain yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Good news for Michelle Obama and any other African-Americans planning trips to Spain: "Racist prejudices" are—suddenly—no longer a problem, according to the US State Department. A warning on the department's website that African-Americans who visit the country may need to fear getting arrested by prejudiced police was hastily pulled this week after it was noticed by the Spanish press, ABC News reports.

The note—put up after the arrest of two US government employees in Barcelona—was 15 months old and apparently out of date. "Somebody forgot to remove it," explained a spokesman at the US embassy in Madrid. "We are in no way suggesting Spanish police are racist. This is an isolated incident." Michelle and her younger daughter, Sasha, are staying at a 5-star resort on Spain's Costa del Sol. Daughter Malia is at summer camp.

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