Former first lady Michelle Obama has opened up about the pain she feels from racist attacks against her and her family.
She spoke to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado on Tuesday night, and addressed scars from the “shards” of breaking the glass ceiling and becoming the first black First Lady.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut. I felt how they intended,” she said, referring to the abuse that she has suffered.
Several people have made national news for insulting Michelle Obama in recent years, with an Arkansas teacher, Colorado doctor and West Virginia officials all coming under fire for referring to her as an ape.
“For underrepresented people to pretend like it doesn’t hurt, it lets those who hurt us off the hook,” said Obama Tuesday.
The lawyer and hospital administrator did not delve deeply into politics during her discussion, but did that she would never run office as her husband did.
Attendees at the vent and the Women’s Foundation praised her for her “moving perspective” in addressing her own life and other issues including strengthening opportunities for women.
She urged support for young women especially and said, “I am a strong woman because of other strong women.”