Former first lady Michelle Obama said she is feeling the weight of 2020.
Obama said in a Wednesday episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast that she finds herself “waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness.”
Obama described several reasons why she is feeling unease. She highlighted quarantines during the coronavirus pandemic, racial strife, and the actions of President Trump’s administration.
“These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” the former first lady said. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.”
“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting,” Obama said.
“I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanized or hurt or killed or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life in a while,” she added.
Obama, who spoke with journalist Michele Norris on the Wednesday episode of her show, also talked about people who are demonstrating against the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I mean, it’s easy for us, as people of color, to demonize folks who are out there protesting against Black Lives Matter. They’re not right in their positions, but their fears are coming from somewhere,” Obama said. “Because folks aren’t just crazy. You know, folks are out there trying to work and trying to keep it together, and when you can’t do it, and when things feel stacked against you, as many of the people who are afraid are, then you lash out.”
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