A Democrat who used to live in the White House is worried authorities could use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting her children of breaking the law.
Michelle Obama fears law enforcement officers could racially profile her daughters while they drive alone.
The former first lady revealed she is terrified about Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, each having a driver’s license and thinks police could target them simply for being black.
“I, like so many parents of black kids, hold that the innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts,” she said in a video shared on YouTube. “Every time they get in a car by themselves I worry about what assumption is being made about somebody that does not know everything about them.”
Obama revealed she is one of many African Americans who does not feel safe, even while performing mundane tasks.
“Many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store, walk our dogs, or allow our children to get a license,” she said.
The Democrat described her daughters as well-behaved young women who are sometimes misunderstood due to their taste in music or hairstyles.
“They are good students, and polite girls but maybe they are playing their music a little loud[ly,]” she said. “Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption.”
Obama also believes extreme anarchist protesters should not stop demonstrating, even though Derek Chauvin was dismissed from Minneapolis Police Department and initially found guilty of murdering George Floyd in 2020.
“While we are all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there is still work to be done,” she said. “We cannot say, ‘Great that happened, let us move on.'”
She admitted many protesters would rather be at home and live their lives, but they are forced to demonstrate against their own will.
“We do not want to be out there marching [and] all of those Black Lives Matter kids would rather not have to worry about this,” she said. “They are taking to the streets because they have to.”
The Democrat then suggested the ‘Land of the Free’ was prejudiced against people belonging to another race.
“It is based on a history that is sad and it is dark, and it is time for us to move beyond that,” she said. “We have to talk about it more and we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more and to believe us [African Americans].”
The former president and first lady previously stressed that extreme protesters “cannot rest,” and must continue to riot, loot, and vandalize businesses, historical monuments, and places of worship.
“If we are being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial,” they said in a statement shared on Twitter. “[While Chauvin’s guilty] verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one–we cannot rest.”
“True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last,” they added.