Michelle Obama's brother recalls 'heartbreaking' childhood incident

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  • Michelle Obama spoke to her mother, Marian, and brother, Craig, on the last episode of her podcast.
  • The trio covered topics ranging from their upbringing to becoming parents themselves.
  • During the podcast, Craig spoke about a "terrifying" and "heartbreaking" run-in with the police during their childhood.


Michelle Obama's latest Instagram post will make you do a double-take.

The former first lady took to Instagram on Wednesday to promote the final episode of her podcast. "I brought on my wonderful mother and brother," she wrote, "to talk about everything from our upbringing on the South Side of Chicago to our approaches to parenthood."

The photo she shared showed her sitting alongside her mother, Marian, and brother, Craig.

Among the compliments praising Michelle Obama and her insightful podcast, were a few comments about how similar the famous family looks.

"Beautiful family," said one user. Another wrote: "Your smiles are infectious."

SEE THE PHOTO HERE:

During the podcast, Craig opened up about how he was stopped by two Black police officers when he was growing up, saying in a "terrifying" and "heartbreaking" incident they accused him of stealing a bicycle, which was actually his own.

"This guy grabbed my bike, and he wouldn't let it go," Craig said, adding that the officers were trying to trick him into confessing something. "I was like, 'Oh, you got this all wrong, this is my bike, don't worry, this isn't a stolen bike,' and he would not believe me."

He added: "I finally said to him, 'Listen, you can take me to my house and I will prove to you this is my bike.'"

When they arrived, he continued: "Mom was like, 'Go in the house.' You know how when she's ready to talk to somebody, she's like, 'All right go in the house.' And all I could think of was: This dude's about to get it."

Marian called the police officers out for not believing Craig. "What you did was cancel out a whole lot of things that we had been teaching them," Marian recalled telling the officers. "And I think you need to come back here and talk to them and at least admit you made a serious mistake, so that you won't cancel out everything we've been trying to teach our children."

In light of protests in the US, Michelle added during their conversation: "Nobody thinks about the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values. But when you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution and fear, because you never know."

LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE HERE.

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