With brother Craig Robinson by her side, the former first lady told the audience that when her family moved to a new neighborhood so she and her brother could go to better schools, she witnessed “white flight” — a phenomenon in which white people leave areas that are becoming more diverse.
“As we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our families represented,” Obama said at the summit. “Y’all were running from us. And you’re still running.”
She also compared her family’s struggle to that of other minority groups who are seeking a better life.
“We’re no different than the immigrant families that are moving in,” she said. “The families that are coming from other places to try to do better.”
“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws,” he said. “There is this sense sometimes of the way of me making change is for me to be as judgmental about other people, and that’s enough.”
But he pointed out that tweeting isn’t enough, and that being “woke” is not real activism and doesn’t amount to real change.