Michelle Obama not only praised the BLM movement in a new interview with CBS This Morning, but she also opened up to co-host Gayle King about her two daughters and how she worries for them “every time they get in a car by themselves.”
In an excerpt released Friday, Obama revealed her fears that the couple’s daughters, Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, could fall victim to racist aggression as they go about their everyday lives.
“Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them,” Obama said. “Maybe they’re playing their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption. I, like so many parents of Black kids — the innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts.”
In the same interview, Obama praised the Black Lives Matter movement, saying of protesters: “They are taking to the streets because they have to. They’re trying to have people understand that — that we’re real folks.”
The former president and first lady also released a joint statement last month after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
When former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, former President Barack and Michelle Obama said in a joint statement, “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.”
When asked about her statement, Obama said, “The goal is to let leaders lead. But in certain times, people, you know, look to us often. ‘Well, what do you think? How do you feel?’ We know that while we’re all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there’s still work to be done. And so we, we can’t sort of say, ‘Great. That happened. Let’s move on.’ I know that people in the Black community don’t feel that way because many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store, or walking our dogs, or allowing our children to get a license.”
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