FLOTUS Gives Badass Student Address At Tuskegee University
On Saturday, Michelle Obama gave a powerful commencement address to the graduating class of Tuskegee University.
The First Lady brought up narratives of her own life to illustrate the kinds of racism she has received: “Over the years, folks have used plenty of interesting words to describe me. One said I exhibited a little bit of ‘uppityism,’ Cable news charmingly referred to me as ‘Obama’s baby mamma.”
She talked about how the “sting of racism” never held her back, citing personal examples such as people crossing the street when seeing her and store clerks keeping an extra watch on her and her husband when they were younger.
She urged graduates to “Vote, vote, vote, vote, that’s how we move forward,” and told them to focus on their own truth.
This comes at a time when racial tensions in this country are especially potent given the incidents in Ferguson and Baltimore. This speech gives young black people the inspiration to move forward with power as they enter the world.
Can we possibly love her any more? I don’t think so.