The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said when Casteel asked her about the trials of being the first black first lady, according to the Denver Post. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

While her husband served as president of the United States, Obama was at the center of hateful, merciless attacks and comments. She was called an ape (and everything in between but a child of God), her body size and type were made fun of … the list goes on and on.

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The Gullah are from various peoples who lived in the Lowcountry regions of the U.S. states of Georgia and South Carolina, in the area of both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. They developed a creole ethnicity and language that is distinctive among Africans. Descendants of enslaved Africans from the Gullah people also are a majority of the current inhabitants in The Bahamas, who share an almost identical dialect with their cousins.

Historically, the Gullah region extended from the Cape Fear area on North Carolina’s coast south to the vicinity of Jacksonville on Florida’s coast. Today the Gullah area is confined to the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry. The Gullah people and their language are also called Geechee, which may be derived from the name of the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia. Gullah is a term that was originally used to designate the creole dialect of English spoken by Gullah and Geechee people. Over time, its speakers have used this term to formally refer to their creole language and distinctive ethnic identity as a people. The Georgia communities are distinguished by identifying as either “Freshwater Geechee” or “Saltwater Geechee”, depending on whether they live on the mainland or the Sea Islands. (Wikipedia).


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