Former first lady Michelle Obama defended Black Lives Matter by explaining that she and other black people live in fear while doing everyday tasks.
She made the comments to Gayle King of CBS News in an interview to be aired on Monday.
“We know that while we’re all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there’s still work to be done,” said Obama.
“Many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store, or worry about our — walking our dogs, or allowing our children to get a license,” she said.
She went on to specifically talk about her worries related to her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, who are 19 and 22 years old, respectively.
“Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them,” Obama explained.
“The fact that they are good students and polite girls,” she added. “But maybe they’re playin’ their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption.”
She also said that many of the protesters don’t want to be out demonstrating but feel that it is necessary.
“All those Black Lives Matter kids, they’d rather not have to worry about this, they’re takin’ to the streets because they have to,” she continued.
“They’re tryin’ to have people understand that — that we’re real folks,” Obama said. “And the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational. And it’s based on a history that is just — it’s sad, and it’s dark. And it’s time for us to move beyond that.”
Black Lives Matter has released updated demands on Tuesday that include the permanent suspension of former President Donald Trump from running for any future political office, and also from all social media platforms.
In August the former first lady has also blamed Trump in part for depression she suffered in the last months of his first term.
Here’s more about Obama’s comments:
Michelle Obama PRAISES Black Lives Matter in new interview