Sep 17, 2020
Michelle Obama: We couldve never gotten away with what Trump does
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Michelle Obama is not biting her tongue about the Black experience on her new podcast, “The Michelle Obama Podcast.”
On the latest episode, the former first lady opens up about interacting with the police while Black and why she and former President Barack Obama would never be allowed to get away with things President Donald Trump has done in the White House.
According to The Hill, Obama said this about her experience in the White House.Michelle Obama’s podcast recently launched. (Credit: Getty Images)
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“When we were in the White House, we could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff that’s going on now, not because of the public, but our community wouldn’t have accepted that. You worked, you did your best every day. You showed up,” said the former first lady in reference to the protests in support of George Floyd who died after now former police officer Derek Chauvin placed a knee on his neck.
The fact that there are people out there that treat us less than, when we’re working so hard to be better than, that’s where the pain comes from. That’s what these young people are so angry about… the notion that people are out there wondering about these protests,” Obama said, “it’s like, do you know how much it takes, that it takes to get up everyday, and be accused of being less than what you are?”
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Obama goes on to share a story about her brother, Craig Robinson, who sits as the executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. She said when he was around 11 he was left “heartbroken” after an incident involving the police because they were “always taught that the police are your friends … and they’ll believe the truth.” But when the police accused him of stealing his own bike, they realized their belief was incorrect.
“What a lot of folks who are not in our position don’t understand is that this is such a way of life when it comes to interacting with the rest of the world,” said Obama. “It doesn’t matter who you are and what kind of values you have, nobody thinks about the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values.”
She adds, “When you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution and fear, because you never know.”
Mrs. Obama says she knows her brother’s incident was not isolated because, “almost everybody” she knows has been involved in ”some kind of incident where they were just minding their own business but living Black, and got accused of something.”
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Suspect charged in the killings of 2 Muslim men in Albuquerque will remain in custody until trial
(CNN)A man accused of killing at least two Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will remain in custody as he awaits trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.Muhammad Syed, 51, faces murder charges in the killings of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, which police say occurred on July 26 and August 1, respectively. Syed is also the primary suspect in the homicides of Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi, 62, who was killed November 7, and Naeem Hussain, 25, who was killed August 5. Syed has not been charged in those killings. Syed denied involvement in the killings during an interview with police last week, according to an arrest affidavit.Suspect in the killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque makes his first court appearanceThe killings of the four Muslim men who were all of South Asian descent terrorized the Muslim community in Albuquerque, with fear spreading to other parts of the state. Read MoreSecond Judicial District Court Judge Joseph Montano determined Wednesday that Syed's release before trial would pose a risk to the public. "I am finding that the information does indicate that Mr. Syed would pose a threat to the community at large if I were to release him pending trial," Montano said. John Duran, deputy district attorney with the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office, argued Syed's prior arrests are evidence that he should remain in jail and accused him of "lying in wait" and hunting people in the community. "Clearly what we have here is not just one crime of violence, but as Mr. Duran points out, two crimes of violence. We have two incidents where Mr. Syed is alleged to have committed murder while he's lying-in wait, using a scope on an AK-47 to hunt these two individuals," Montano said. Hundreds of tips helped police identify and charge primary suspect in killings of Muslim men, police say. Now theyre searching for motiveSyed had "a few minor misdemeanor arrests (from the Albuquerque Police Department) from domestic violence" and some other incidents, Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the city police department's criminal investigation division, said last week. All three previous domestic violence charges Syed faced were dismissed, Hartsock said.Syed's attorney, Megan Mitsunaga, said her client's track record of showing up to court and not having any prior convictions are reasons he should be released.Syed watched the video-conferenced hearing from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center and listened with the aid of an interpreter. On Monday, a judge ruled Syed's son, Shaheen Syed, should remain in federal custody on a charge tied to his father's case.The younger Syed is accused of knowingly making false statements to investigators about the weapons and vehicle alleged to have been used in at least two of the killings. His attorney, John C. Anderson, called the allegations that his client could be tied to the killings "exceedingly thin and speculative."