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Michelle Obama: People still can’t see past my skin colour

HURT: Michelle Obama

MICHELLE OBAMA has opened up about the racism she faced as America's first black first lady during an appearance at the Women's Foundation of Colorado's 30th anniversary celebration in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday (July 25).

Obama addressed the racial blows her and husband Barack Obama endured during their time in the White House, during a conversation with WFCO President and CEO Lauren Casteel.

Mrs. Obama said:

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut. Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin colour.”

During the conversation, the Chicago native spoke about resilience while reflecting on being called an ape.

"Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don't even notice we're cut. We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we're still getting up."

Obama also reiterated that she does not plan to seek public office – although she and former President Barack Obama intend to stay involved in public service.

"The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent," she told the audience.

"Don't be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good."

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