The Forever First Lady keeps it as real as we’ve come to expect from her.
Michelle Obama sat down with Gayle King on CBS This Morning to discuss a myriad of topics. One of which is obviously the effort to get people vaccinated from the COVID-19 pandemic which is still a very real thing. We know that most cities have completely reopened but that does not mean that you aren’t at risk of getting sick or spreading sickness if you don’t take appropriate steps to guard yourself against illness. Mrs. Obama didn’t stutter a syllable when Gayle asked her what folks would have to do in order to “hang out” with the Obamas one night saying, “Be vaccinated. You want to hang out with us, get ya vaccine. Get it all. Finish it up. Then, we can talk.”
As the U.S. begins to slowly emerge from a lockdown following the pandemic, tensions still continue to surge with unlawful policing within the Black community. Michelle explained during her interview that she wished she “had an answer” to the problem:
“You know, for me it goes back to — we have to get to know each other,” she continued. “And so much of what is going on is that if you’ve been raised to assume that all Black people are X. In the case of interactions with black men and police officers, sadly it can also often lead to death.”
Mrs. Obama also spoke about the statement that she and President Obama released following the guilty verdict that came down on Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd.
“The goal is to let leaders lead. But in certain times, people, you know, look to us often. ‘Well, what do you think? How do you feel?’ And we know that while we’re all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there’s still work to be done. And so we can’t sort of say, ‘Great. That happened. Let’s move on.’ I know that people in the Black community don’t feel that way. Because they— many of us still live in fear, as we go to the grocery store, or worry about walking our dogs — or allowing our children to get a license. I mean, just imagine,” Obama said.
That subject segued into The First Lady talking about how fearful she is that someone will profile and mistreat Malia and Sasha Obama as they are now young women, 23 and 20 respectively.
We know there are a lot of Black parents just like Michelle Obama who are constantly concerned about their children as they traverse Amerikkka in these times that are fraught with racism.