How Michelle Obama Remains Poised AF In The Face Of Racist Attacks
The former FLOTUS acknowledged the importance of women 'owning their scars' this week.
As the First Lady of the United States, her admirers came to know Michelle Obama as a woman of tremendous grace, intelligence and poise—so much so that she seemed almost superhuman in her ability to transcend the fray.
Yet it was her very regular moments—the epic side eye, shade so subtle it almost seems polite—that really captured hearts. And earlier this week at the Women's Foundation of Colorado's 30th anniversary event, she continued in that vein.
Acknowledging the pain she experienced during her eight years in the White House, and that she experiences still today from the barrage of racism aimed at her, Obama told the 8,000 strong crowd how she copes.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she said according to local news, referencing racism she received from the then-mayor of a West Virginia town and her friend. “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.”
She then spoke to the importance of women openly acknowledging their pain: ”If women own their scars, they can encourage younger girls who are getting their first cuts.”
And then she dropped this truth bomb re: the everyday experience of living as a woman: “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.”
And though she continues to dash the dreams of those who’d do pretty much anything to see her back in the White House in the near future, as POTUS rather than FLOTUS this time, she offered up a much-needed message of unity, hope and pride for the country:
“The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.”
Sigh. We know you literally just said you weren’t going to run for office, but…can you please just run for office?
[h/t Denver Post]
Words: Deena Drewis