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Michelle Obama Says She Still Faces Racism

| by Jordan Smith

Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a public event in Denver, Colorado, July 25 and told the thousands in attendance that she still deals with racism.

Obama was interviewed at a Women's Foundation of Colorado meeting, according to the Denver Post.

She was first asked what shards had cut the deepest when she broke through the glass ceiling of being the first black first lady.

"The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut," she answered, according to the Post.

She pointed to examples of how people had described her as an ape and commented on her bottom.

"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 added.

She went on to express her views about women.

"Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don't even notice we're cut," Obama added. "We are living with small tiny cuts and we are bleeding every single day. And we're still getting up."

The foundation described Obama as "a role model, champion and inspiration for women, families, and young people across America and around the world," according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

But Obama insisted she had not achieved everything she has done alone.

"I'm a strong woman because of other strong women," Obama added. "You don't mother alone, you don't grandparent alone, you don't struggle alone. You find your community."

Obama avoided commenting directly on politics, but did receive cheers when she alluded at times to her disagreements with the Trump administration. She said she would not be seeking public office.

Her remarks focused mainly on education and supporting women and girls to reach their full potential, issues which she worked on during her time as first lady. She rejected the notion of a one-size-fits-all education system, arguing that different learning styles must be accepted.

Obama advised the audience to become active in their communities and to encourage young girls to do their best.

She put forward a positive message.

"The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent," Obama said, the Post reported. "Don't be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good."

The event was a fundraiser to support research, public policy advocacy, and grants for women and girls in the state.

Sources: Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette/ photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons, Official US Navy Page/Wikimedia Commons

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