In her latest podcast, former first lady Michelle Obama claims “white America views people who are not like them, like we don’t exist. And when we do exist, we exist as a threat and that’s exhausting.”
Michelle claims that even as first lady, when she had gone “incognito” while walking the dogs on the canal that people “will come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye. They don’t know it’s me.”
Later in the podcast Michelle claims that while on line to get ice cream with her daughters “when I’m just a black woman, I notice that white people don’t even see me. They’re not even looking at me.”
She then said a white woman cut in line ahead of her.
“I stepped up and I said, Excuse me? You don’t see us four people standing right here? You just jumped in line?” Michelle recalled.
Michelle then lamented “She didn’t apologize, she never looked me in my eye, she didn’t know it was me. All she saw was a black person, or a group of black people, or maybe she didn’t even see that. Because we were that invisible.”
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