Michelle Obama's speech to university graduates - "‘Don’t ever, ever let anyone tell you that you’re too angry’
I'd go mad knocking around with these people.
Always angry, it's always 'the system', it's entrenched disadvantage, sexism, racism, economic inequity blah blah blah.
Their answer - eternal fight, eternal protest and eternal patronising speeches like this.
Here are few highlights:
So, I want you to know that it’s okay to be confused. It’s okay if you don’t understand exactly what you’re feeling.
what’s happening right now is the direct result of decades of unaddressed prejudice and inequality.
The truth is, when it comes to all those tidy stories of hard work and self-determination that we like to tell ourselves about America, well, the reality is a lot more complicated than that.
if you can’t even approach the police without fearing for your life - well, how do you begin to chart your own course?
So, don’t ever, ever let anyone tell you that you’re too angry, or that you “should keep your mouth shut.”
if you’re spending a lot of time just hashtagging and posting right now, that’s useful, especially during a pandemic. But it’s only a beginning. Go further. Text everybody you know to join you in exercising their constitutional right to protest.
Text of the speech in full here.