Michelle Obama sharply criticized white Americans on her latest podcast episode published on Thursday, saying that even when she was first lady, white people would treat her like she "doesn't exist."
Recalling a time she took her daughters for ice cream while first lady and told Secret Service to fall back, she said, "When I'm just a black woman, I notice that white people don't even see me. They're not even looking at me."
Obama said a white woman cut in front of her in line at the ice cream shop, saying, "She didn't know it was me. All she saw was a black person, or a group of black people. Or maybe she didn't even see that, because we were that invisible."
Painting with a broad brush, Michelle Obama maintained that even as first lady, she "did not exist" to white people.
"People would come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye. They don't know it's me," the former first lady said. "That is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them. You know, we don't exist. And when we do exist, we exist as a threat. And that, that's exhausting."