Tuesday, April 10, 2018

At Simmons forum, Michelle Obama talks affirmative action, student loans — and 2020

Speaking at Simmons College’s annual women’s leadership conference in Boston on Thursday, Michelle Obama discussed her personal experience with affirmative action and student loan debt — and also addressed speculation about a possible presidential run in 2020.
The former First Lady was the featured speaker at the all-day women’s empowerment event, which drew thousands of attendees to the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center. In a question-and-answer session moderated by Simmons president Helen Drinan, Obama said that she sometimes “felt like an affirmative action kid” as a freshman at Princeton University, contrasting her upbringing on the South Side of Chicago with those of her Ivy League classmates.
“In our society, somehow, when affirmative action means color, it’s deemed to be problematic,” she said. “I have a problem with that, because affirmative action exists everywhere throughout society. It’s called privilege.”

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