Let’s be honest: if we had to endure all of the racially motivated opposition Michelle and Barack Obama faced for eight years, hands would have been thrown before the halfway mark of the first 100 days. But as the admirably tolerant folks they are, the Obamas rarely spoke out against those who put them on the receiving end of their bigotry.
On Tuesday’s 30th anniversary celebration of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Michelle Obama wasn’t in the business of biting her tongue on the racism she faced during her husband’s presidency, according to the Denver Post.
The former First Lady spoke with the organization’s president and CEO Lauren Casteel to a crowd of nearly 8,500. Mrs. Obama spoke openly about the hardships she faced as such an accomplished woman, more specifically, a black woman.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said at the Denver event.
Among the prejudice she faced — which were so reoccurring The Washington Post was able to compile a list of 22 occasions in which the former First Lady was verbally attacked on the basis of her race and gender — she was referred to as Barack’s “baby mama” by Fox News and labeled “an ape in heels” by a West Virginia mayor.
“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 continued. “Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut,” she said. “We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”