On Tuesday, Michelle Obama spoke out against “white flight” during an Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.
Michelle told white people that she experienced this when she was a kid, and white folk afraid of black folk here in America remains a problem.
Obama: “As families like ours — upstanding families like ours who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better. As we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our families represented,”
“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us … This family, with all the values that you read about, you were running from us. And you’re still running because we’re no different than the immigrant families that are moving in. The families that are coming from other places to try to do better. But, because we can so easily wash over who we really were — because of the color of our skin, because of the texture of our hair — that’s what divides countries, artificial things.”
I don’t understand what she’s trying to say. People left because no one wants to be the last to leave a dying neighborhood with declining property values. Can’t blame anyone for that! That’s always been and always will be a reality.
She remembered school days and playing outside with friends named Rachel and Susan. “There were no gang fights, no territorial battles.” There were no gang fights because Latenishia and LaJaMarcus hadn’t moved in yet.
I don’t know why Michelle is calling this out; it’s happened everywhere because of the environment and circumstances. I’m black and from the country. I’ve lived in Baltimore for over 14 years, and right now, I live in a very solid community that isn’t void of crime but is quiet, and police cars do not have most of the parking slots.
If you drive through some formerly predominantly white neighborhoods here in the city, the “transitioning” was followed with graffiti starting to appear on walls; broken bottles littered the streets, crime rates went up necessitating bars being placed on windows, cars broken into, and general degradation of houses’ appearance as I said, a personal observation not a racial rant.
One way to fix this is to make the neighborhoods better, and people won’t leave. They will want to move in. Always looking outward, blaming outward. Never looking in the mirror and thinking, ” maybe we are the problem.”
Find me a quiet neighborhood with low crime rates and property values that go up with time, and I will be happy regardless of the shade of the epidermis of my neighbors. If any of those three requirements are not there, I will look elsewhere to live.
BTW, Michelle, how are you doing at Martha’s Vineyard these days?
Watch above, via Washington Examiner
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