“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us. And you’re still running,” she said Tuesday during a speech at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She noted that white citizens do the same with new immigrant populations that move into formerly whites-only neighborhoods and communities.
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.