Michelle Obama covered some old, familiar territory on a recent public appearance.
The former first lady told a Colorado gathering that despite her accomplishments and service during her White House years, people still “won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”
Obama spoke to the Denver crowd of about 8,500 at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary on Tuesday, covering topics from education to female empowerment, according to The Denver Post. Of course, she also addressed alleged racism she endured while first lady.
Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Casteel asked which of the shards from the glass ceiling Obama shattered cut her the deepest.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she said, recalling being called an ape and comments about her body. “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.”
Obama revealed she is still hurt by the jabs, using the example to empower the many women in attendance and telling them to own their scars.
“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.”
Though she steered clear of direct political statements, she did offer up a veiled shot at President Trump.
“The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.”
Obama was greeted with a standing ovation at the event, her first public appearance since leaving the White House.
Michelle Obama’s first public appearance since leaving the White House. I’m proud to say that Colorado gave her a very, very, warm welcome back. The video is shaky because I was shaking with excitement. Thank you to The Women’s Foundation of Colorado for putting on the inspiring event. Michelle reaffirmed (twice) that she will not run for President (followed by “boos” from the crowd) but was the warm, genuine, strong and thoughtful former first lady so many of us admire. Amazing woman. Awesome night. #wfco #michelleoabama #togetHER
Pulling out the race card is not exactly news for the former first lady who once told graduates at a commencement ceremony how she woke up each morning during her husband’s administration “in a house that was built by slaves.”
Many on social media were quick to call out Obama’s rhetoric on Twitter.
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*yawn* race, race-ity, race, race, race. Perpetual victim, got it. Ugh.
— staugy (@staugy) July 26, 2017
Sad to notice that michelle is confronted with skin color.
— Cali C. Macallin (@cusmaan) July 26, 2017
I believe they see her for what she is every time she opens her mouth.
— Words4Tech (@Words4Tech) July 27, 2017
Oh brother, playing the victim card. Classy.
— Michael Holmes (@MichaelHolmes36) July 27, 2017
CNN race baiting… What else is new?
— Eric Buckman (@RedNex928) July 27, 2017
Tired of her playing the race card victim. Weak woman.
— Kay (@sweetbeans11) July 27, 2017
There is no bigger racist than Michelle Obama.
— Arizona Deplorable (@PhxGOP) July 27, 2017
The race card gets old! Has nothing to do with race, her husband sucked as a president! PERIOD!
— AmericaFirst (@NativeSD1) July 27, 2017
Why is she still talking? Nobody wants to hear from the Obnoxious Obamas not because of their skin color but because they r awful people.
— Berlie Girl (@Berlie11) July 27, 2017
Here goes the “woe is me” story…had she demonstrated patriotism & an actual concern for the country, perception would be different
— JMCollins11 (@collins11_m) July 26, 2017
Once a victim, always a victim. #DemocraticParty
— MichellB (@meechee204) July 26, 2017
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