Michelle Obama Speaks Some Much-Needed Truths About Racial Inequality
Michelle Obama spoke some much-needed truths about racial inequality in the U.S., voicing her thoughts on the current nationwide protests.
The former First Lady addressed the recent death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis citizen killed by the brutality of a white officer, saying she’s “pained” by his death, and cites it as another example of “a heartbreak that never seems to stop”. Floyd’s death has sparked protests across America, compelling numerous public figures to take to both the streets and online platforms in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. pic.twitter.com/lFWEtTzVT8
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 29, 2020
Michelle emphasized the need for unitive, multi-racial action, stating that if we ever hope to move past racial discrimination “it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out”.
She shared a message we must all take to heart, stressing that anti-discriminatory action “starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own”. Only then will we achieve “justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets”.
Michelle has been a prolific advocate for racial equality both in and out of The White House. Her words must not fall upon deaf ears in this time of unattested racism.
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Enough is enough. We call for an END to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken. We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirms the prosperity of Black lives throughout America. See the demands. Sign the petition. #linkinbio #DefundThePolice #blacklivesmatter 1. We demand acknowledgement and accountability for our pain and injustice 2. We demand divestment in the police force 3. We demand investment in the health and prosperity of our communities
You can read Michelle’s full message by clicking on her tweet, and support the Black Lives Matter movement by signing the petition for sustainable racial equality via the Instagram post above.