Michelle Obama urges the black creators to involve people in their “experiences” while they speak out against “uncontrolled” racism in the “Black Renaissance” special.
Michelle ObamaThe 57-year-old doesn’t want people to “harden” [themselves] against the outside world ”in the midst of the racist injustices that are still going on in the world. Instead, the former First Lady of the United States urged black creators and artists to “bare their truest selves” and share their “stories” in the ongoing fight against racism, which she condemned in the YouTube Originals special for Black History Month Black Renaissance: The Art and Soul of Our Stories This premiered on February 26th. You can check out Michelle’s segment above, which starts just after the 1:13 mark.
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“Your generation knows only too well that those old fault lines of fear, racism and discrimination based on your skin color weren’t removed by civil war or the passing of the Civil Rights Act, and certainly by the election of a black president. Said Michelle at the beginning of her powerful statement. “You’ve seen too much, too much hatred on the news and on your social media feeds, too many torches lit and racist flags waving, too many blacks being shot cold or suffocated, too many people being the center of ours Searched democracy. And too often these behaviors go unchecked and go unpunished, leaving us with the sad realization that in America freedom, justice and accountability are not everyone’s cup of tea and everything is pitiful. “
“It gets on your nerves as soon as you step out the door and it feels like a threat not only to our country or even to our rights, but also to us, to our safety, to our lives,” said the lawyer who was also the first black woman to be the first lady of the United States, went on. “And when you’re faced with all of this, the natural answer is to want to turn inward to harden against the outside world. Look, I understand that instinct. Believe me, I do.”
Michelle then called for action: “But I’ve also learned that turning it off is only a temporary solution. And you and me? We need something that lasts. In politics we have to participate, we have to vote, but Furthermore, we need something that will allow us to live fully and freely to be who we are every other day, and that means we need to be in our stories, in our experiences, in our hopes and fears, and people get into our worst vulnerabilities. We have to talk it out. We have to write it down, rhyme, sing, scream and do it all with all the sweetness and hope and frustration and joy and celebration that make us who we are … us have to share it with everyone, because that’s how we help people to see the truth about who we are. “
Black leaders, artists, and change makers have shaped our culture since this country was founded. Your contributions are so powerful and I hope you will join me in celebrating your legacy in #BlackRenaissance.
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– Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 26, 2021
For Michelle, this is “what the Black Renaissance is all about”. She explained: “All creators and artists who, by exposing their truest selves, shine their light on all of our stories and shed light on all their beauty and pain so that we as a community, as a country, can find our way through this world together . “
Michelle’s husband and the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obamaalso joined the Black renaissance YouTube special that you can see in full above. Many black celebrities also appeared or appeared in the special, such as Kelly Rowland, HER. and Anderson .Paak.