Former First Lady Michelle Obama argued during the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago last week that people around the world feel as if Barack Obama is still their president.
Her remarks: “Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world because there are so many people who feel like he is their president all over the world. New York wanted it; Hawaii wants it; because it’s also an economic engine because it will be a visited presidential library. Because … it’s a first. So we had to think of where will we put this resource, because it will be a resource,” Michelle said, according to The Blaze.
During the same event, Michelle asserted that some white Americans are “still running” from minorities and immigrants who move into their neighborhoods and are “afraid of black people.” Recalling moving to a new address with her family on Chicago’s South Side, Michelle said:
“We were doing everything we were supposed to do – and better. But when we moved in, white families moved out.”
“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us,” she added, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “And you’re still running.”
“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?” Obama said. “All you can do is put your head down and do the work and let the work, your truth, speak for itself.”
“I can’t make people not afraid of black people,” she said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I can’t explain what’s happening in your head.”