Conservative media personality Glenn Beck let loose on former First Lady Michelle Obama this week after she gave a speech about “white flight” at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago.
Salon reported that during her speech, Michelle claimed that “white folks” are “running from” black Americans by moving out of diversified neighborhoods.
“I can’t make people not afraid of black people,” Michelle said in her speech.
Beck, however, was not having any of it.
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“You can help by not attacking all white people, by not saying that all white people are bad,” he said. “By not saying — and being more like your husband was saying but not necessarily doing. But like your husband said, ‘You know every time you make a mistake, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.’ It just makes you feel better, but it doesn’t help anything.”
“Right now, we are in reverse discrimination — and even that is proof of it,” Beck later added.
This came after Michelle claimed that she saw “white flight” firsthand as a child when white families moved out of the South Side of Chicago as her family and other black Americans moved in.
“As we moved in, white folks moved out, because they were afraid of what our families represented,” Michelle said.
“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us — this family with all the values that you’ve read about,” she added. “You were running from us. And you’re still running, because we’re no different than the immigrant families that are moving in.”
When Beck talked about Michelle’s husband Barack Obama, he was referring to comments that the former president made at the summit in which he slammed cancel culture. After acknowledging that the world is “messy,” Obama said that young people who use social media think “the way of making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people.”
“If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself,” Obama said. “Because, ‘Man did you see how woke I was? I called you out.'”
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” he continued. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
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