“I can’t make people not afraid of black people. I don’t know what’s going on. I can’t explain what’s happening in your head,” Michelle Obama said yesterday.
“As people doubted us coming through — ‘Are you Princeton material? Can you really make the grade?’ Can you cut it?’ — what do you do in those instances? All you can do is put your head down and do the work and let the work, your truth, speak for itself,” she told the crowd at the Obama Foundation Summit.
From CNN: Former first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that white Americans are “still running” from minority communities when they move to another neighborhood.
The remarks from Obama came during an appearance at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in which the former first lady, sitting next to her brother, Craig Robinson, spoke about her upbringing in the city and how her family moved neighborhoods because their mother wanted them to have access to better schools.
“But unbeknownst to us, we grew up in the period — as I write — called ‘white flight.’ That as families like ours, upstanding families like ours … As we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our families represented,” Obama said.
“And I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because, you know, I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us — this family with all the values that you’ve read about. You were running from us.
And you’re still running, because we’re no different than the immigrant families that are moving in … the families that are coming from other places to try to do better.”
Enter Don Trump Jr. who wasn’t having what Michele was selling.
“Was this message brought to us live from Martha’s Vinyard? I hear it’s lovely there, he tweeted out.
Was this message brought to us live from Martha’s Vinyard? I hear it’s lovely there. https://t.co/IfoFdikYqE— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 30, 2019