& # 39; I can't scare people to black people & # 39 ;: Michelle Obama addresses racist epidemic and says the best thing she can do is & # 39; show up every day as a good person to get rid of the crust & # 39;
Michelle Obama says that when her family – and other black families – moved to the south side of Chicago in the 1970s, white families moved.
The former first lady made the comments at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on Tuesday, where she compared the experience with what immigrant families in America now encounter daily.
She explained that she wanted to remind white people that they were running away from & # 39; us & # 39; and that they are still running. She added that & # 39; artificial things & # 39; such as the color of a person's skin and the texture of their hair can divide countries.
& # 39; As families like ours – Founded families like ours who did everything we needed to do and better. When we moved, white people moved because they were afraid of what our families represented, & she said.
& # 39; One by one, they packed their bags and ran away from us and left communities in ruins. & # 39;
Former First lady Michelle Obama has talked about racism in America, comparing her experience of moving to a white neighborhood in Chicago with the same experience immigrants are now experiencing – all whites are leaving
The Obamas in front of the White House during President Barack Obama's second tenure. Michelle Obama said: & # 39; As the first black first family, America and the world have had the chance to see the truth about who we are as black people & # 39;
The 55-year-old explained that because of this experience she had always felt a sense of injustice.
& # 39; You know when people run away from you, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I can't scare people to black people. I don't know what's going on, I can't explain what's going on in your head – but maybe if I show up every day as a human being, a good human being, maybe that work takes the scrubs of your discrimination away. & # 39;
Obama – accompanied on stage by students and community activists at the Illinois Institute of Technology by her brother Craig Robinson – said their parents had taught them a number of beliefs that helped counter the discrimination they felt.
Michelle Obama (right) was accompanied by her brother, Craig Robinson (left), while she talked about growing up on the south side of Chicago
& # 39; What our parents gave us was unconditional love and the idea that our voices mattered and our opinions counted, and what we said and thought meant meaning & she said.
And she added that when husband Barack Obama was first elected president, and the family moved to the White House, it allowed people beyond those & # 39; artificial things & # 39; to watch.
& # 39; As the first black first family, America and the world have had the chance to see the truth about who we are as black people, & # 39; she said.
She added that & # 39; you can't worry about the legacy while you are in it. Let your truth speak for itself & # 39 ;.
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