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Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide - full text available
Politico.com ^ | 2/22/2008 | Jeffrey Ressner

Posted on 02/22/2008 9:25:40 PM PST by GVnana

Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide

By: Jeffrey Ressner
Feb 22, 2008 04:20 PM EST
Updated: February 22, 2008 08:07 PM EST

Michelle Obama's senior year thesis at Princeton University, obtained from the campaign by Politico, shows a document written by a young woman grappling with a society in which a black Princeton alumnus might only be allowed to remain "on the periphery." Read the full thesis here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

"My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before," the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction. "I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong. Regardless of the circumstances underwhich I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second."

The thesis, titled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" and written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, in 1985, has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere and elsewhere in recent weeks, as it has been "temporarily withdrawn" from Princeton's library until after this year's presidential election in November. Some of the material has been written about previously, however, including a story last year in the Newark Star Ledger.

Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her "further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."

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Earlier this week, commentator Jonah Goldberg remarked on National Review Online, "A reader in the know informs me that Michelle Obama's thesis ... is unavailable until Nov. 5, 2008, at the Princeton library. I wonder why."

Not anymore. He he he.

Part 1
http://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_1-251.pdf

Part 2
http://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_26-501.pdf

Part 3
http://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_51-751.pdf

Part 4
http://dyn.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_76-981.pdf

1 posted on 02/22/2008 9:25:46 PM PST by GVnana
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To: GVnana
What a shock. The narcissist did her thesis on herself and race.

How original. Yawn. Did she major in political correctness?

2 posted on 02/22/2008 9:27:36 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: GVnana

I knew it!

Thank goodness it is only February.

Good job, Politico.


3 posted on 02/22/2008 9:27:46 PM PST by littlehouse36 (I miss Hillary already.)
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To: GVnana

“further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”

I guess taking a few 200K+/year do-nothing jobs helped her to get over never becoming a full participant.


4 posted on 02/22/2008 9:29:22 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Minor in African American Studies


5 posted on 02/22/2008 9:29:45 PM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: GVnana; jan in Colorado; george76; Beckwith

great find!


6 posted on 02/22/2008 9:30:55 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: GVnana

Friendly links:

Part 1
http://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_1-251.pdf

Part 2
http://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_26-501.pdf

Part 3
http://www.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_51-751.pdf

Part 4
http://dyn.politico.com/pdf/080222_MOPrincetonThesis_76-981.pdf


7 posted on 02/22/2008 9:31:05 PM PST by littlehouse36 (I miss Hillary already.)
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To: GVnana

MASSIVE chip on her shoulder from “the man” keeping her down. This is the last person in the world who should be anywhere near the White House. Except for her husband and the Clintons.


8 posted on 02/22/2008 9:31:38 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: GVnana

Cindy McCain’s thesis was more succinct:

She’s ALWAYS been proud of her country.


9 posted on 02/22/2008 9:31:44 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: GVnana

To the credit of the Obama campaign (that’s a phrase I’ve never written or said before), it was they who made the decision to release the thesis.


10 posted on 02/22/2008 9:33:16 PM PST by squidly
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To: GVnana

This poorly written garbage makes the cut at Princeton? My high school English teacher would have given this paper a C-.


11 posted on 02/22/2008 9:35:18 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
MASSIVE chip on her shoulder from “the man” keeping her down

Yep.

12 posted on 02/22/2008 9:38:11 PM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
What was the song Merle Haggard used to sing?

"When you're running down my country you're walking on the fighten side of me"

13 posted on 02/22/2008 9:38:26 PM PST by BARLF
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To: Travis McGee
Travis McGee wrote:
What a shock. The narcissist did her thesis on herself and race. How original.


14 posted on 02/22/2008 9:38:54 PM PST by The_Macallan
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To: littlehouse36
Good job, Politico.

I don't see why Politico.com or anybody else should be given any special recognition for the release of M. Obama's spewage.

A news organization asked and the Obama camp complied with the request.

It's not the Pentagon Papers.

15 posted on 02/22/2008 9:39:29 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: squidly
it was they who made the decision to release the thesis

In a Friday night news dump.

The MSM will never touch this story.

16 posted on 02/22/2008 9:41:49 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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To: squidly
Do you work directly for the Osama campaign or a unpaid operative?
Osama and Michele are just wonderful according to you.
These Two America haters with a big plan for America.
17 posted on 02/22/2008 9:47:52 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: GVnana
I have never watched Obama before, but last night I watched the debate and I have to tell you, I have never seen a more arrogant, vacuous candidate in my life. At least, with Clinton, he did not stick to phrases that he constantly repeated when he could not come up with an answer.

My conclusion: Obama will be easy to roll!

18 posted on 02/22/2008 9:48:18 PM PST by SOSUSA
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To: GVnana

Only goes to show she should have gone to a black school to get in touch with her blackness.

Interesting a liberal, rich, majority white school would increase her race apartheid rather than blurring the lines as such schools claim to do.


19 posted on 02/22/2008 9:48:47 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: hole_n_one

Lets see making excuses for a radical socialist?
Let me guess who your supporting ?


20 posted on 02/22/2008 9:49:47 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: GVnana
"I will always be black first and a [..........] second"

probably because that is how you see yourself and how you present yourself to others. To wit: your thesis.

21 posted on 02/22/2008 9:51:32 PM PST by informavoracious ("Help me, Obama-Wan Kenyabi, you're my only hope!" do I need to point out this tagline is sarcasm?)
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To: Travis McGee

Michelle Obama hasn’t said one thing about the US before the year 2007 that would make her proud to be a citizen of the greatest nation in the history of mankind that has placed her amongst the most privliged of the elite in this country.

I never thought that I would see a spouse of a presidential candidate who was more of a radical, narcissistic, arrogant, hubristic, self-entitled, and maddening solipsist than Hilary Clinton. To the nation’s dismay, I think we have found her. But in the liberal Hyde Park ghetto that she lives in in Chicago, attending cocktail parties with her coterie of liberal U of C academics, Black South Side DemonRat pols, public sector sinecures, NGO flacks and liberal Sun Times columnists, EVERBODY she knows thinks and feels this way.


22 posted on 02/22/2008 9:51:38 PM PST by DMZFrank
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To: VeniVidiVici

“Interesting a liberal, rich, majority white school would increase her race apartheid rather than blurring the lines as such schools claim to do.”

I get her discomfort completely! The elitists at Ivy League schools only pretend to be tolerant and it must be evident to an African-American student. They are a bunch of frauds.


23 posted on 02/22/2008 9:52:39 PM PST by SOSUSA
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To: littlehouse36

I wonder why we got Michelle’s thesis so fast but it was so difficult to get Hillary’s. Hmmmmm


24 posted on 02/22/2008 9:53:17 PM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Reminds me of the Paul McCartney song, "I, I, Me, Me, Mine."

Never saw so much of the first person in an academic paper.

Oh well. She was a sociology major.

25 posted on 02/22/2008 9:54:32 PM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: irishjuggler
This poorly written garbage makes the cut at Princeton?

Only if the man is keeping you down.

26 posted on 02/22/2008 9:54:33 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: squidly
“To the credit of the Obama campaign (that’s a phrase I’ve never written or said before), it was they who made the decision to release the thesis.”

Now Michelle is proud of her country for a second time, I suppose.

27 posted on 02/22/2008 9:54:59 PM PST by alecqss
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To: Travis McGee

Hey Travis.

If she thought Princeton was racist then lord amighty she must think the rest of us are pretty much Nat Turner’s worst nightmare

It galls me how these folks who have done so well...much better than many of us in a land of opportunity and still they whine incessantly.

I thought a burgeoning black middle class (same argument folks make about illegals) was supposed to be different and more conservative.

Hell, they just whine louder


28 posted on 02/22/2008 9:58:52 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle Obama should try Kenya, on for size.)
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To: alecqss

Yeah, get it out of the way quickly, up front, it’ll go away by election time.


29 posted on 02/22/2008 10:00:30 PM PST by SOSUSA
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To: GVnana

I will say now that I hardly care about what the presidential candidate wrote as a college student, unless he is espousing the same notions today.

The college writings of the “1st lady”? It looks petty even asking — and we just gave the Obama campaign a coup by insisting it was important, because now they freely offered the paper, so we look childish and petty.

I don’t know much about the political game, and it scares me how little some others who are supposed to understand the game seem to understand it sometimes.

This is very much like Hillary making a deal out of what Obama said in a primary school paper about wanting to be President (which in my opinion was the beginning of the end of her campaign, although it wasn’t seen that way at the time).


30 posted on 02/22/2008 10:01:41 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: hole_n_one
It's not the Pentagon Papers.

I believe they were stolen by a crazy yippie shrink ...not voluntarily released upon request

31 posted on 02/22/2008 10:02:16 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle Obama should try Kenya, on for size.)
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To: GVnana

This is college level work?


32 posted on 02/22/2008 10:02:19 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Hillary / Obama - 2008 <---Bet on it. She will do it to win.)
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To: SOSUSA

What I meant to say: ‘Guilty white people go to Princeton!” No wonder she was uncomfortable. Should have hung out with us regular white people.


33 posted on 02/22/2008 10:03:21 PM PST by SOSUSA
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To: GVnana

Bump


34 posted on 02/22/2008 10:03:23 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: SOSUSA

I agree that Obama will get burned in the bright light.

He ignites the far left which is nowadays the Democrat base but the middle will wonder about his radical ideas.


35 posted on 02/22/2008 10:04:29 PM PST by wardaddy (The fact that a radical like Obama can get nominated here makes me ashamed for my nation.)
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To: GVnana
From Page 8 ......

“Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton’s (1967) developed definitions of separationism in their discussion of “Black Power” which guided me in the formulation and use of this concept in the study.”

Interesting page....

36 posted on 02/22/2008 10:04:34 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
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To: GVnana
She's black?

Michelle, spare us the Princeton Victim Syndrome drama!

37 posted on 02/22/2008 10:06:06 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: GVnana

Thesis? or Diatribe?

I can’t think of a single college professor who wouldn’t have knocked me out of my chair for such rambling drivel.


38 posted on 02/22/2008 10:06:24 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: wardaddy
I believe they were stolen by a crazy yippie shrink ..

Did I write Pentagon Papers?

I meant Zig Zag Papers.

39 posted on 02/22/2008 10:07:22 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: GVnana

save


40 posted on 02/22/2008 10:08:28 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: ncalburt

You obviously have a lot to learn.


41 posted on 02/22/2008 10:08:57 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
back in my daze it was these (70s) light/no ash...ganj today is too sticky from what I can tell to use such light papers


42 posted on 02/22/2008 10:10:54 PM PST by wardaddy (The fact that a radical like Obama can get nominated here makes me ashamed for my nation.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
The MSM will never touch this story.

Well, they'll never touch it

if they think it will hurt her.

Or Obama.

If it glorifies her,

or him,

they'll print it in a New York minute.

43 posted on 02/22/2008 10:11:43 PM PST by GOPJ (Do the editors of the L.A. Times realize that illegal immigration is, you know, illegal? Patterico)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Good point.

But as your post pointed out, the real question is: Has she progressed past that mindset since her college days? Is she espousing the same notions today? And from what I’ve seen so far, the answer appears to be Yes.

So seen in that light, the thesis offers a glimpse into the history of that mindset.


44 posted on 02/22/2008 10:14:54 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Travis McGee
birkenstockers traded up to Gucci loafers.
45 posted on 02/22/2008 10:15:40 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: isthisnickcool
This is college level work?

I was a history major. We always had issues with sociologists, so I'll admit a bias here.

Here's an interesting line from Wikipedia:

"Sociological research provides educators, planners, lawmakers, administrators, developers, business leaders, and people interested in resolving social problems and formulating public policy with rationales for the actions that they take.

We're the lab rats.

46 posted on 02/22/2008 10:15:53 PM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: GVnana

More here:

http://hotair.com/headlines/?p=7480


47 posted on 02/22/2008 10:17:33 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

Marxist tommyrot.


48 posted on 02/22/2008 10:17:59 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

I don’t know about that. The church they are affiliated with is separatist and supremacist.


49 posted on 02/22/2008 10:19:43 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I think there are many people who will agree with you. However, Michelle Obama opened the door with a very revealing statement about her sentiments toward this country. A country that has been very good to her.

She's not acting like a friend.

50 posted on 02/22/2008 10:21:41 PM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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