At an annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on Tuesday former First Lady Michelle Obama said “white folks” continue to avoid living with minorities.
Obama was referring to the phenomenon known as “white flight” during an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
White flight is when white people leave increasingly diverse areas in large numbers. Obama continued stating that “white people” are still on the move.
Obama recalled when she and her family moved to Chicago to attend a better school. She mentioned that as more black families joined the Chicago neighborhood, white families began to leave.
“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us. And you’re still running.”
Despite the Obamas’ recent purchase of a $14.8 million dollar home in Martha’s Vineyard, success in non-profits, and various other professional adventures, Obama has said (in other interviews) that she endures various forms of racial prejudice.
Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment on Obama’s message while she lives in Martha’s Vineyard.
Was this message brought to us live from Martha’s Vinyard? I hear it’s lovely there. https://t.co/IfoFdikYqE
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 30, 2019
Obama made no mention of the more than 6.5 million new jobs that have been added to the economy. Specifically, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been added to the economy. African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian-Americans have experienced record-low unemployment.
Marissa Martinez is the founder of Strategic Rush, contributor for Accuracy in Media, The Hill, and Republican Strategist for PACs and congressional candidates. @MarissaAlisa