Michelle Obama said Blacks experience fear as they go about their daily lives, but that fear of Black people “is irrational.”
Mrs. Obama spoke during an interview with CBS Morning News, to be broadcast Monday:
“Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them. The fact that they are good students and polite girls. But maybe they’re playin’ their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption. The innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts.
“I think we have to talk about it more. And we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more, and tobelieve us, and to know we don’t wanna be out there marchin’. I mean, all those Black Lives Matters kids, they’d rather not have to worry about this. They’re takin’ to the streets because they have to. They’re tryin’ to have people understand that that we’re real folks, and the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational. And it’s based on a history that is just, it’s sad and it’s dark. And it’s time for us to move beyond that.”