Michelle Obama is under fire for recent comments degrading the Republican Party. Obama’s remarks, made Tuesday at a Pennsylvania Conference for Women, were specifically aimed at the race and gender makeup of the party. Obama claimed that people did not trust the GOP since the makeup is “all men, all white.” The former first lady said [emphasis added]:
“On one side of the room, it’s literally gray and white. Literally, that’s the color palette on one side of the room,” Obama said. “On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone. Because one side: all men, all white. On the other side: some women, some people of color.”
This is not the first time in recent memory that the former first lady has used race or gender as a problematic indicator.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently did a Q&A in Salt Lake City at a tech conference hosted by Pluralsight, a Utah-based company.
In the wide-ranging conversation, Obama spoke about the modern political atmosphere and how different her husband’s administration is from President Trump’s. Michelle Obama waved off questions about her running for office and focused a majority of her remarks on getting more women involved in the tech industry.
Obama waved off questions about her running for office and focused a majority of her remarks on getting more women involved in the tech industry.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Michelle Obama thinks the tech industry’s insincere when it says it wants more diversity hires. The former first lady critiqued rooms of “white guys” making diversity decisions at tech companies [emphasis added]:
Changing that composition, Obama said, will take encouraging girls at a young age to study science and math. It will mean bridging “the technology gap” that persists in low-income districts. It requires revisions to the public-school system. And it warrants forming hiring committees with more women and people of color.
“You can’t just say you want to fix the problems, you have to mean it,” Obama said. “If a bunch of white guys are sitting around the table trying to get more women involved, they’re not going to come up with the answer.”
Both comments have gone widely unnoticed and unreported by major news outlets.