Recently, Michelle Obama did something uncharacteristic: she actually spoke out about the horrific racism she ensured as First Lady.
The Hill reports that at a public appearance in Denver, Colorado, our former FLOTUS talked about being called an ape and the other attacks regularly leveled at her by conservatives in America who couldn’t get over having a First Lady who was less white than a piece of classroom chalk.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she 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.”
“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut,” she said. “We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”
Michelle Obama’s words struck a chord with the Right, causing them to reflect on their terrible treatment of her solely because of her skin color. They flooded The Hill’s Facebook page with heartfelt apologies and — oh, who are we kidding? They stopped by to prove her right by making a bunch of racist remarks.
“The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent,” Obama says despite the attacks. “Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.”
Michelle Obama says that things will get better, but it’s difficult to share her optimism these days now that the Klan runs the country. Maybe Trump is a mistake from which we will learn — but when his supporters still seriously debate the merits of slavery, we have a long way to go.
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