I was called an “ape in heels” – Michelle Obama, other black celebrities recall worst racist moments

Novieku Babatunde Adeola Jun 12, 2020 at 04:00pm

June 12, 2020 at 04:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Novieku Babatunde Adeola

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

June 12, 2020 at 04:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Michelle Obama: It's up to everyone to root out racism
Photo: US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks following a screening of the movie, “Hidden Figures,” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington, DC on December 15, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama

Even as First Lady, Michelle Obama revealed she suffered racist slurs in her time in the White House. Speaking at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th-anniversary foundation celebration in Denver, Obama said she was called an “ape in heels” and was told she has a “gorilla face” by government officials.

According to Denver Post, Obama revealed: “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intend to cut. Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people so don’t see for what I am because of my skin color”.

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