Michelle Obama shared the concerns she has as the mother of two black daughters “every time they get into a car alone” in a new interview with Gayle King, co-host of “CBS This Morning”.
“I’m worried about the assumption made by someone who doesn’t know everything about her,” said the former first lady of Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19.
“The fact that they are good students and polite girls, but maybe they play their music a little loud, maybe someone sees the back of their head and assumes,” Obama continued in a preview clip of the interview published on Friday.
The “innocent act” of getting a driver’s license is enough to frighten the hearts of black parents, she added. The full seat will air on Monday, May 10th.
Obama’s comments on her daughters’ safety came after she explained why she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, were forced to speak out following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
In a statement, the couple welcomed the verdict but said: “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that black Americans are treated differently every day.” live in fear that their next law enforcement encounter might be their last. “
Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20 in Washington, DC
“We know that while we all breathe a sigh of relief at the verdict, there is still much to be done. We can’t say, “Great, this happened, let’s move on,” declared Obama King. “I know that people in the Black Community don’t think that way because many of us still live in fear when we go to the grocery store or worry about … walking our dogs … or ours Allow children to get a license. “
Obama also praised the Black Lives Matter protesters, whose message spread across the country following Floyd’s assassination last May.
“They take to the streets because they have to,” she said. “They try to make people understand that we are real people, and the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational. And it’s based on a story that’s just … sad and dark. And it’s time for us to go beyond that. “
Watch the interview here: