Michelle Obama is tired of being labeled the “angry black woman.”
The first lady told Oprah Winfrey that she was confused why the stereotype is so often attributed to her during one of her final interviews from the White House.
“That was one of those things that you just sort of think, dang, you don’t even know me, you know?” Obama said. “You just sort of feel like, ‘Wow, where did that come from?'”
“You think, ‘That is so not me!’ But then you sort of think, ‘Well, this isn’t about me. This is about the person or the people who write it.'”
“We are so afraid of each other, you know?” she continued. “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, the size of our bank account. None of that matters — you know this. It’s our values. It’s how we live our lives. You can’t tell that from somebody’s race, somebody’s religion.”
“I thought, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves. And that is what I want young people to do. Just live your life.”
Obama’s interview airs in full on CBS Monday night.