Last night, Michelle Obama addressed a crowd of Denver women to admit publicly, for the first time, how hurtful it was to be the frequent target of racism as First Lady.

In her eight years as First Lady, Obama frequently struck a chord for her poise, humor, and outspokenness on issues of women鈥檚 health, education, and empowerment. All of these Michelle Obama trademarks were on display last night, in front of the audience of 8,500 people gathered to commemorate the Women鈥檚 Foundation of Colorado鈥檚 30th anniversary.

But Obama showed a more vulnerable side too. The Denver Post reports that when asked by WFCO President and CEO Lauren Casteel about which 鈥渇alling glass shards鈥 cut her the deepest after breaking the glass ceiling of becoming the country鈥檚 first black First Lady, Obama gave a solemn 鈥 and heartbreakingly honest 鈥 reply.

鈥淭he shards that cut me deepest were the ones that intended to cut,鈥 she replied, and went on to reference some of the racist slurs that her critics lobbed at her over her eight years in the White House, including (disgusting, unacceptable) comparisons to an ape. 鈥淜nowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are people who won鈥檛 see me for what I am because of my skin color.鈥

Obama admitted that these jabs still hurt her to this day, and extended her experience to all women.

鈥淲omen, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don鈥檛 even notice we鈥檙e cut,鈥 she said. 鈥淲e are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we鈥檙e still getting up.鈥

If you鈥檙e not sobbing yet, Obama also encouraged audience members to not be discouraged by the current political climate in the most Michelle Obama way imaginable:

鈥淭he people in this country are universally good and kind and decent. Don鈥檛 be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.鈥

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