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The Michelle Obama appreciation tour continued on Tuesday night with a speaking engagement in Colorado that once again reminded us how much our souls have turned bitter with rage and discontent.

The former First Lady spoke at the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado where the Denver Post described her aura as “relaxed, personable and playful but still serious as she talked on a range of topics around education for girls, health and nutrition and female empowerment.”


When the organization’s CEO and President Lauren Casteel asked about the negative effects of becoming the first black First Lady, Obama pointed to the racism she experienced, alluding to being compared to an ape, among other offenses. “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she told the crowd. “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 color.”

The metaphor continued with an extension to women in general. “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,” said Obama. There was no talk of the Obamacare repeal that’s underway. Somehow, she still has hope that “the people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent.” And she added, “Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.” We are trying, mom.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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