Last night Michelle Obama stole the stage at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) with a powerful speech about American progress, including a mention of what it means that a black family now lives in the White House, which was built by black slaves.
That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters - two beautiful intelligent black young women – play with the dog on the White House lawn.
Unfortunately, some people are uncomfortable remembering the dire history of African Americans who suffered through slavery and the Jim Crow era. A Twitter user who has now deleted his account was called out by Kelly Clarkson when he said he didn’t like hearing Michelle say that the White House was built by slaves.
The White House was built by slaves, a tragic fact that will always stain our nation’s history. The truth is uncomfortable, but it is a truth that needs to be heard, because the slaves who suffered to build our capital should not suffer the indignity of being forgotten.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.