She said that when, as a child, she and other black families moved into Chicago’s South Side, “We were doing everything we were supposed to do — and better. But when we moved in, white families moved out.”
During her presentation at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Obama said there was no reason for white families to leave, and blamed them for the subsequent decay of the neighborhood.
“There were no gang fights, there were no territorial battles. Yet one by one, they packed their bags and they ran from us. And they left communities in shambles,” she said.