A former Obama campaign intern is now on a 17-day hunger strike in front of the White House to raise awareness about the harassment she received while working for the president.
Marissa Adam has devoted her entire spring break to the protest three years after she tirelessly worked on Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.
“I don’t think people understand the point that I really loved Barack Obama,” Adam told The Blaze in an interview in Lafayette Park across from the White House. “I remember being in college and no one thought, in my dorm, he could pull it off in 2008 and I said, I think so. People thought I was nuts.”
Adam thought her dream had come true when she got a job working on Obama’s campaign, but this dream quickly became a nightmare when white male staffers at Obama’s Chicago headquarters began to harass her. When she reported it, she only faced retaliation from her supervisors.
“People pulled my hair and told me what to do with it,” Adam recounted. “People touched my skin and said ‘ooh.’ I wish I was making this up.”
“I complained about discrimination and harassment that I experienced,” she wrote in an EEOC complaint. “As a result of my complaint, I was told to leave the campaign and that I could not work in a paid positions for respondent. I was then demoted to volunteer. All of the white males who worked with me in the political department who applied for paid positions were offered and/or hired for those positions.”
Adam hasn’t eaten since the beginning of April, and she won’t “until they take responsibility for their actions.”
The 26 year-old University of Chicago graduate admits that her ordeal has made her think differently of the president.
“I’m not saying he intentionally wants people to behave that way,” Adam said. “What speaks the loudest to me is that they would only do that if they felt they could get away with it.”
While Obama claims to be a crusader for racial equality, it appears he doesn’t hold himself to the same standards as he does everyone else. If Obama were a white president, you can be sure that this story would be all over the mainstream media. However, because he is black, you likely won’t be hearing about Marissa Adam or her hunger strike anywhere else.