However, not without its challenges. Michelle knew what it was like to be a minority. She knew what it was like to deal with the war within. The conflict that exists for most black people, where you feel you must defend your race. And not just your race, your gender, as a woman, whether it is in school, in the neighbourhood you grew up in, in college, at work, sometimes being the only black woman in an office and then finally, the first black First Lady of the United States of America.