M. Obama said that even from her eight years as First Lady of the United States, she had "a number of stories" of white people treating her as invisible. "When I've been completely incognito during the eight years in the White House, walking the dogs on the canal, people will come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye. They don't know it's me," she recalled, later adding, "That is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them, like we don't exist. And when we do exist, we exist as a threat. And that's exhausting."
Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Facing Racism As First Lady: 'White People Don't Even See Me'