Michelle Obama: Blacks have been ‘frustrated and invisible’ for ‘decades’

by Zack Colman  |  published on May 11, 2015

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First Lady Michelle Obama urged students at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama, to remain involved in civic life during a time of tension regarding race relations across the country.

At the school’s commencement address, the First Lady listed scenarios in which African-Americans feel they encounter systemic discrimination, such as “nagging worries that you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason.” She said those feelings are “real,” but disengaging is not an option.

“I want to be very clear that those feelings are not an excuse to just throw up our hands and give up. Not an excuse. They are not an excuse to lose hope. To succumb to feelings of despair and anger only means that in the end, we lose,” Obama said.

The comments come a week after violent riots brought Baltimore to a halt following the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a black man who died as a result of injuries sustained during his apprehension. Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has charged all six Baltimore Police Department officers involved in Gray’s arrest for offenses including second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

  • Pam

    Michelle grew up in a fairly affluent neighborhood. Her father had “clout” with the City. She got, basically, free rides to elite colleges. She married a “rising star” and was handed big money, do nothing jobs. And we all know what’s been going on since she entered the White House.
    She’s black, I’m white
    At the same time, my brother was picked up for “disorderly conduct” at least 10 times because he was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, once was even charged with “aggravated mopery with the intent to gawk”. My mother and I were followed around in stores. My husband had people of all types crossing the street when they saw him coming. Was constantly harassed by police, picked up for “disorderly conduct” at least 20 times, once it happened three times in one day.
    When my husband tried to improve our lot by becoming a fireman or policeman he was told by at least five departments, to his face, “Man, we’d love to hire you, but, right now, we can ONLY HIRE BLACKS”.
    We have always struggled to make ends meet. None of us were able to go to college. We usually live paycheck to paycheck and are terrified what will happen once we can no longer work.
    But, yeah, Michelle has had it soooo tough, just because she’s black. Right!

  • skrunyan

    I am a white female and I have been stopped by the police for no reason. When I am walking down the street and there are few people out and a male is coming towards me I cross the street. Not because of his color but because of his gender. It is better to be safe than sorry. If I try to catch an elevator and there is a young male alone in it I take another one. Not because of his color but because of his gender. My son is white and has been stopped many many times for no reason. I do not blame the police. They are doing their jobs. Quit telling people it is OK to be angry for everything under the sun and to blame whitie.

  • pennysca

    Why would this woman Michelle Obama RACE BATE ????????????? So her husband Obama is trying to degrade the Police that put their lives on the line everyday for the American people and she RACE BATES. Boy what a couple then to top it off they just stick up for THUGS AND MUSLIMS.

    • Dennis Wenthold

      I saw her speech too and did not think it was race bate. I thought it was a pep speech to be the best you can be no matter what obstacles get in your way.

  • believe

    YOUR INVISIBLE BUT NOT BECAUSE YOUR BLACK. IT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE STUPID AND YOU JUST HAPPEN TO BE BLACK. AND YOU AND BARACK ARE LIARS . LOVE STIRRING UP BS. AND ARE A TOTAL DISGRACE TO AMERICA AND THE WHITE HOUSE ALONG WITH THIS WHOLE REGIME.
    PUT THE BLAME GAME UP WHERE THE SUN WILL NEVER SHINE.

  • gpicha

    Hey muck raking banna monkey. YOUR A FAKE & FRAUD. JUST DIE YOU TRANSVESTITE FAG & TAKE YOUR BLACK QUEER HONEY WITH YOU.

    • believe

      HARSH BUT TRUE.

  • reggie

    And they’re going to be a lot less relevant as her husband continues to flood the country with illiterate illegals and H1-B visas.

    • believe

      THAT WILL BE THE ONLY PEOPLE HE CAN CONTROL, WHY HAVEN’T YOU FIGURED THIS OUT?DO YOU REALLY THINK HE WANTS TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE? THAT IS THE BEST HE HAS EVER HAD OR WILL HAVE.
      PREDICTION ARE HE WONT SERVE OUT HIS SECOND TERM.ONE I HOPE IS TRUE.

  • Mike N

    Her words are those that would be expressed by someone who is a racist. She obviously is a bitter person who feels persecuted while she takes luxurious vacations at the taxpayers expense.

    • believe

      I think she is bitter because she was born a transvestite and trying to be a women is more than she can handle.Then on top of that having a husband that wants nothing to do with her out side of pretending to have a real marriage ,she has to keep hearing about his boyfriends.
      this is a SICK STATE OF AFFAIRS.
      What a disgrace to AMERICA TO HAVE THIS REPRESENTING OUT COUNTRY AND LIVING IN OUR HOUSE.
      NO NATION WANTS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE OBAMA’S NO ONE BELIEVES ANY THING THAT CROSSES THERE LIPS,
      THEY MUST BE REMOVED AT ONCE IF AMERICA IS TO CLEAN UP OUR HOUSE IN DC. TRASH IN TRASH OUT.

      • Dennis Wenthold

        You are so disrespectful to the first lady of the USA! Sounds like you cannot deal with someone from a different race doing better than you.

    • Abigail Adams

      Invisible? Blacks are invisible? Check out Atlanta sometime. Walk down any street in Atlanta; turn on ATlanta news. Invisible? Where? When?

  • Hotnike

    I wonder who is to blame for the tension in race realtions, Mmmmoooocccceelllleeee !!!!!?????

    • donemyhomework

      I agree, with the addition of the terrorist alert thing I just read by Rep. Mike McCaud Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security I suppose there may more race riots (sanctioned by who) plus terrorist attacks (sanctioned by who) we may be looking at a busy summer. Just throwing dirt in the air.

  • gavinwca

    Invisible, blacks have been murdering, robbing, and rapeing Americans both black and white as long as anyone can remember. They commit these offenses at a rate 10 times what whites do, and are responsible for the largest portion of violent crime in this country. We wish they would become invisable and the. Crime would stop.

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