Michelle Obama Shares Experiences With Racism While Serving As First Lady

Michelle Obama opened up to a crowd of 8500 women this week about the myths of a post racial America.

Obama returned to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the place where she delivered her 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. There she talked about her personal experiences with racism as America’s first Black first lady sharing, “the shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut…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.”

According to the Huffington Post, Obama recounted racist attacks such as being called “an ape in heels” by two West Virginia officials, celebrating President Donald Trump’s victory.

Throughout Obama’s two term, she has shared ways in which she chose to cope with racial attacks.

“When they go low, I go high…that’s the choice Barack and I have made. That’s what’s kept us sane over the years,” she told graduates of Jackson State University in 2017.

The Denver Post reports Mrs. Obama doesn’t pretend that vicious attacks don’t hurt her, because she doesn’t want to let her attackers off the hook.

 – Contributed by Devyn Rorie

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