Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Michelle Obama addresses racist attacks she endured as First Lady, says some never saw past her skin color

Former First Lady Michelle Obama opened up at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary event in Denver about her experience as America’s first black first lady.

Obama spoke about smashing the glass ceiling as she was interviewed Tuesday by WFCO President and CEO Lauren Casteel at the Pepsi Center ― the same venue where she addressed thousands at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 

Casteel asked which of the falling glass shards cut the deepest, according to the Denver Post.

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

Obama referenced racist attacks she endured, including being called an ape and disparaging references made about her body.

Obama faced an onslaught of racist insults while her husband, former President Barack Obama, was in office. Even after the 2016 presidential election, two West Virginia officials lost their jobs for referring to Obama as an “ape in heels” in a Facebook post celebrating President Donald Trump’s victory.

In Denver, the Post added, Obama said that she doesn’t pretend such vicious attacks don’t hurt her, because it lets those doing the hurting off the hook.

During the event, she also again stressed that she does not plan to run for public office. 
Head over to the Denver Post to read more about Obama’s wide-ranging conversation.

Michelleeeeeee, I miss you!! WE miss you!!


[Source: Huffington Post / Denver Post]
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