President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened up about racism in a recent interview.
“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” Michelle Obama told PEOPLE.
“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.”
President Obama recounted his own experiences with racism.
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said President Obama.
“He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee,” added the First Lady.
President Obama noted that the results of racism are still a lot more serious than a bruised ego.
“The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” he said.
“It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.”