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Former first lady Michelle Obama has reported on Tuesday some memories of her childhood in southern Chicago, where she said she had been discriminated against because of her race despite "doing everything that was supposed to be." This rejection still continues in American society, he added.
“When we moved, white families left because they were afraid of what our families represent,” he said at an Obama Foundation Summit event in Chicago.RELATED
Obama said white Americans were still fleeing minorities and immigrants, explaining that when she was a girl they packed their belongings and moved to areas where there were no African Americans, as reported by The Washington Post.
“I want to remind whites that everyone was running away from us. And they still run away, ”said Obama, who addressed the issue of racism in his autobiographical book Becoming.
This phenomenon is known as white flight, and originated in the late 50s and 60s in the United States, when white families began to leave the inner cities to settle in larger cities as a result of racial differences.
Sitting next to his brother, Craig Robinson, executive of the New York Knicks basketball team, Obama said that discrimination has been present at almost every stage of his life, even when he arrived at the White House with his husband, the former Democratic president Barack Obama.
“We were the first black family that gave the United States and the world the opportunity to see the truth of who we are as black people. We are equal and many times better than many of the people who doubt us, ”he said.
“If you really are rooted in that place, it defines you and it defines everything you do.”@MichelleObama’s meaningful words about how her and @BarackObama took the values they learned from the South Side of Chicago to the White House #ObamaSummit pic.twitter.com/lvV7y04NXb
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) October 29, 2019
During the presidential term, Obama was criticized several times for his physical appearance, but said that the texture of the hair and skin color that divide the country are just “artificial things that don't even touch the values that people bring to the lifetime".
Chicago, the third most populous city in the country, has seen an increase in the Hispanic and Asian population and a decrease in black and white, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
An early October poll of the Boston Herald-Franklin Pierce University revealed that Obama would directly become a Democratic candidate in New Hampshire if he decided to run for president by 2020.
However, the former lady said there was no way that would happen, Fox News reported.
"There are many ways to improve this country and build a better world, and I continue to do many of them," he concluded.
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