Michelle Obama has admitted up about what it was like to face racism while remaining and working in the White House. Pretending events didn’t hurt would let abusers off hook, says Obama as she honors women’s power.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she told a crowd.
“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 particularly pointed out how racially directed assaults — like ones that named her an ape and centered on her body — personally hurt her.
“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even know we’re cut,”
“We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”
“Public service and engagement will be a part of my life and my husband’s life for ever,” she said.
Michelle Obama's first public appearance since leaving the White House. I'm proud to say that Colorado gave her a very, very, warm welcome back. The video is shaky because I was shaking with excitement. Thank you to The Women's Foundation of Colorado for putting on the inspiring event. Michelle reaffirmed (twice) that she will not run for President (followed by "boos" from the crowd) but was the warm, genuine, strong and thoughtful former first lady so many of us admire. Amazing woman. Awesome night. #wfco #michelleoabama #togetHER