Former first lady Michelle Obama has opened up about the pain she feels from racist attacks against her and her family.
She spoke to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado on Tuesday night, and discussed how the “shards” that came from breaking the glass ceiling and becoming the first black First Lady have left her with scars.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut. I felt how they intended,” she said, referring to the abuse that she has suffered.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the pain of racism at a Tuesday night event in Colorado.
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Several people have made national news for insulting Michelle Obama in recent years, with an Arkansas teacher, Colorado doctor and West Virginia officials all coming under fire for referring to her as an ape.
“For underrepresented people to pretend like it doesn’t hurt, it lets those who hurt us off the hook,” said Obama Tuesday.
The lawyer and hospital administrator did not delve deeply into politics during her discussion, but did say that she would not run for office as her husband did.
Attendees at the event and the Women’s Foundation praised her for her “moving perspective” in addressing her own life and other issues including strengthening opportunities for women.
Then-President Barack Obama, daughter Sasha, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia walk near the White House in 2013.
She urged support for young women especially and said, “I am a strong woman because of other strong women.”