Michelle Obama opens up about racism she faced as first lady

Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE opened up about racism she faced as first lady in a public appearance in Denver on Tuesday.

Obama spoke about being called an ape and people talking about her body, saying she wouldn't pretend the attacks didn't hurt, The Denver Post reported.

Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Casteel said Obama broke a glass ceiling by becoming the first black first lady, and asked which of the falling glass shards from that glass ceiling cut the deepest. 

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“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she said, noting comments comparing her to animals and criticizing her body. “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.”

She said women endure those cuts in so many ways that “we don’t even notice we’re cut,” adding that women “are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”

Obama stayed away from politics during the talk, but she did warn against the belief that the country is falling apart.

“The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.”