Former US First Lady Michelle Obama still remembers her childhood in Chicago where she and her family suffered from the racism of their neighbors.
Michelle Obama made an exemplary career: she studied at the prestigious Princeton and Havard universities, became a lawyer and assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, and had an impressive career in university administration.
As a model child, Michelle Obama grew up in a close-knit, hard-working family, but that did not stop her from being discriminated against by her neighbors. Dozens of years later, these painful memories are still ingrained in his memory.
During a conference given with her brother during the Obama Foundation Summit on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, she returned to the phenomenon of “white flight”: white families who move after moving black neighbors. It testifies to the neighborhood’s reaction to the arrival of “model families like ours, who were doing everything they were supposed to do and even more”: “When we moved in, the whites moved because they were afraid what our families represented. “
According to the former first lady, this concept does not belong to the 50s and 60s: “This family of which you only read good, you have fled. And you are always running away from us. Michelle Obama concludes with a rant about the discrimination she and her family have suffered because of “the color of our skin” and “the texture of our hair”: “That’s what divides countries: artificial things that have nothing to do with the values people give to life. “