By Darcelle Lindor
On Friday, January 6, 2017, Michelle Obama delivered a final message that imprinted the accomplishments she has made regarding the subject of diversity. She stressed on the significance of welcoming people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Furthermore, she explained that the various religions practiced in the U.S., such as Hinduism and Christianity, highlight the positive beliefs of compassion and justice. The first lady also proclaimed that the immigrants are the ones who shaped America into the great country it is today. She concluded her final speech, reminding people from different parts of the world that she will fight alongside them regardless of if she is First Lady or a commoner.
Respecting all religions
Michelle Obama adds this unforgettable message to the list of contributions she’s made, as her legacy as the first African-American first lady of the U.S., lives on. Throughout the Obama’s eight-year stint at the white house, they’ve shown admiration toward the Islamic ritual of Ramadan. They have attended and hosted Iftar dinners on several occasions. They’ve both publicly discussed how Ramadan emphasizes on the principles of justice and respect for all people. They also spoke about the wonderful impact the people of Islam have made in the United States. In addition, last year Michelle Obama traveled to Morocco to attend an Iftar dinner with the Moroccan royal family.
Against racial discrimination
In 2014 in the city of Topeka, Kansas, the first lady made a speech to high school graduating seniors. She encouraged them to stand against prejudice and to be more vocal about racial issues. If no one speaks up about racial injustice, it’ll continue to add havoc to the world. She reflected on how schools aren’t conscientious enough about integration.
Segregation is becoming common in many districts. Some of the reasons why people are prejudiced are due to their minimal experience with different groups.
I remember wanting to be friends with a classmate of mine in the third grade. When I got the chance to sit with her she said that she didn’t like me because I was black. Through the years, I saw a big change in her attitude toward people of different racial backgrounds. We even became good friends at one point in high school. Her resentment toward certain groups may have stemmed from her lack of contact with various types of cultures.
Recently, Michelle Obama has given opportunities to Indian people by selecting 16-year-old Swetha Prabakaran, an Indian-American, to be a part of the Inaugural Student Advisory Board for her education campaign. This recent action is a reflection on the role Michelle Obama played in gender diversity. Her initiative, Let Girls Learn, encourages young girls to strive for success by providing them with a quality education. In certain parts of the world, girls aren’t given an education. Education is powerful and depriving women of that is depriving the world of new ideas and inventions. Discrimination towards gender can be prevented by providing equal representation for both sexes in educational facilities. Therefore, her legacy even at the end of her term is so historical that after the 2016 election, many took to social media to ask her to return to the white house as president for the next election.