Michelle Obama she shared her concerns as a mother of two black daughters “every time they get in a car alone” in a new interview with Gayle King, co-host of “CBS This Morning.”
“I’m worried about what it’s like to be someone who doesn’t know everything,” the former first lady said about Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19.
“The fact that they’re good students and educated girls, but maybe they’re playing their music a little loud, maybe someone sees the back of their head and guesses,” Obama continued in a previous clip of the interview released Friday.
The “innocent fact” of getting a driver’s license is enough to scare the hearts of black parents, he added. The full session will air on Monday, May 10th.
Obama’s comments about her daughters’ safety came after she explained why she and her husband were former President Barack Obama I felt compelled to speak following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
In a statement, the couple welcomed the verdict, but said that “true justice requires that we agree with the fact that black Americans are treated differently every day” and “forces us to to recognize that millions of our friends, family and fellow citizens live in fear that their next meeting with law enforcement may be the last ”.
“We know that while we all breathe a sigh of relief at the verdict, there is still work to be done. We can’t say, “Okay, it happened, let’s move on,” Obama told King. “I know people in the Black community don’t feel that way because a lot of us still live in fear while we go to the store. groceries or we care about … walking our dogs … or allowing our children to get a license “.
Obama also congratulated Black Lives Matter protesters, whose message spread across the country following Floyd’s assassination last May.
“They’re taking to the streets because they have to,” he said. “They’re trying to get people to understand that we’re real people and the fear that many of us have of so many of us is irrational. And it’s based on a story that’s … sad and dark. And it’s time to move on.”
Watch the interview here: