With the premiere of her final interview tonight (Dec. 19) as First Lady, Michelle Obama made it quite clear how she feels about the disappointing “angry black woman” label.
In another clip previewed of her interview with Oprah Winfrey by The Huffington Post on Monday, Mrs. Obama says the slanderous label says more about the “person or people who wrote it” and is not a reflection on who she is as a person. Since her time in the White House, FLOTUS has been slammed with the title, the latest being The New York Times’ Style section who used it in an offputting tweet. In a book that was released in 2012, Obama was given the title after allegations of her arguing with members of the West Wing staff.
“That was one of those things where you think, ‘Dang, you don’t even know me,’” Mrs. Obama said. “You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’ And that’s the first blowback.”
Taking things a step further, the first lady explains how wealth and race shouldn’t play a factor into how Americans interact with each other. “You start thinking, ‘Oh, wow, we’re so afraid of each other,’” she said. “Color. Wealth. These things that don’t matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another, and it’s sad because the thing that least defines us as people is the color of our skin… It’s our values. It’s how we live our lives. And you can’t tell that from somebody’s race, somebody’s religion. People have to act it out. They have to live those lives.”
As a motto, the Harvard grad vowed to live out loud and let the public think whatever they felt. “That’s what I want young people to do: Just live your life. Live it out loud,” she said.
Her final interview will air tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. and Wednesday (Dec. 20) on OWN at 9 p.m.
Watch a preview below.