Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke in front of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Tuesday. In this speech, she made a claim to the audience that when she was attending the State of the Union address, she noticed that everybody attending who was a Republican happened to be all white and all male.
Apparently, this is in part the reason why many people don't trust politics — given the disproportional amount of white males in office.
Newsweek writes that Michelle Obama was quite literally embarrassed by the lack of diversity at the State of the Union address. Congress, she believes, needs to have more members who are women and people of color. The reason, she believes, is that white males are all prone to believe the same sort of ideas, whereas women and people of color are likely to have a "broader range of perspectives."
“We should be working actively to mix it up, so we’re getting a real broad range of perspectives on every issue," she said. "Shoot, I would see that in Congress,” the ex-FLOTUS said when addressing the topic of diversity. “At the State of the Union address … when you are in the room what you can see is this real dichotomy."
"It’s a feeling of color almost," she continued. "On one side of the room is literally gray and white. Literally, that is the color palette on one side of the room. 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 on one side all men, all white, on the other side some women, some people of color.”
She added, “I look at that, and I go, no wonder. No wonder we struggle, no wonder people don’t trust politics. We’re not even noticing what these rooms look like. If people haven’t had the experience of being other and out, and you are trying to fix the problem of those folks, it’s hard to come up with the right answer when you haven’t lived it.”
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