Michelle Obama Speaks Some Much-Needed Truths About Racial Inequality

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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.

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.

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.