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Michelle Obama's Victocratic Thesis
Little Green Footballs ^ | Feb. 23, 2008 | by Charles Johnson

Posted on 02/23/2008 7:57:07 AM PST by jdm

Michelle Obama’s thesis: Racial divide. Institutionalized racism.

Oh brother. Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide.

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has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere and elsewhere in recent weeks, as it has been “temporarily withdrawn” from Princeton’s library until after this year’s presidential election in November.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.”



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; barackobama; blacktheology; chebama; cultofobama; liberalism; michelleobama; nobama; obama; racecard; racism; reparations; separatism; thesis

1 posted on 02/23/2008 7:57:09 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

Both she and Barack are anti white racists.


2 posted on 02/23/2008 8:00:05 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: jdm

Poor, Poor Michelle.

Always being held down by The Man.


3 posted on 02/23/2008 8:01:03 AM PST by rock_lobsta (I Love Global Warming!)
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To: jdm

If Michelle had managed to get into Princeton without racial quotas, perhaps she wouldn’t be so full of rage.


4 posted on 02/23/2008 8:01:44 AM PST by montag813
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To: jdm

Oh my goodness! Sometimes I dont always ‘feel’ like part of the ‘in crowd’

Get over yourself honey.


5 posted on 02/23/2008 8:02:32 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: jdm

Michelle is a serious leftist, just like her husband is. This just shows it’s bone-deep.

That said, I hope to God no one ever excavates any of the stupid garbage I wrote when I was 21.


6 posted on 02/23/2008 8:02:55 AM PST by ottbmare
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To: jdm

I sure wish XM radio hadn’t stopped broadcasting Larry Elder’s show. I bet he’s having a field day with this one right now.


7 posted on 02/23/2008 8:03:05 AM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: jdm

Now why would Princeton want to temporary withdraw her thesis from the library until after the election?

That has the appearance of aiding and abetting a campaign of a black, not holding a campaign back.


8 posted on 02/23/2008 8:03:48 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: jdm; Cagey; Larry Lucido; MotleyGirl70; Gamecock; Rb ver. 2.0
“My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before”

Elaine: "My boyfriend's black."

Waitress: "He's black?"

Elaine: "Yeah."

Darryl: "I'm black?"

Elaine: "Aren't you?"

9 posted on 02/23/2008 8:05:30 AM PST by Mr. Brightside ( Ronald Reagan Would Back McCain - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1970504/posts)
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To: jdm
This should be published as an inexpensive paperback (selling for $4.95) so that millions of white Americans can read it. Most of them are probably unaware that some black Americans see themselves as victims of white racism and it would really change the country if they could read Michelle's story. They've never had a chance to be exposed to a black person's perspective before. (/sarc)

Barack's campaign is about change. Change is good. If your order at McDonald's is $4.25 and you get 75 cents back when you offer the cashier $5, that's good. That's real change.

10 posted on 02/23/2008 8:13:02 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: jdm
They’re racists.

This is WHY she is finally proud - because her husband, a BLACK man, is running for President.

11 posted on 02/23/2008 8:13:26 AM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: jdm

Being a member of an “Afri-centric” church and embracing its “BLACK VALUE SYSTEM” for 20 years no doubt has reinforced the victim mentality.


12 posted on 02/23/2008 8:19:53 AM PST by beefree (AMERICA BLESS GOD)
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To: jdm

Michelle Obama wouldn’t have gotten into Princeton if she were white. She is one of those afirmative action types who get everything handed to them and always whine about being victims. She didn’t learn anything at Princeton so she had to write her senior thesis about the only thing she knows; complaining about being a victim of racism.


13 posted on 02/23/2008 8:19:55 AM PST by detective
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Well, I read the first part of it......

Difficult, because it’s so poorly written. Difficult , because it is so self-absorbed, so “all about me”, so “poor little me.”

Princeton is another venerable American institution in decline. I attended a mid-rank, undistinguished university. In my day, a mere 20 years before Michelle, such a sloppily-conceived, poorly written, and at times ungrammatical submission would have been rejected. I’m appalled that, in 1985, Michelle’s ramblings served as a senior thesis. At Princeton, no less. God help us.

14 posted on 02/23/2008 8:21:24 AM PST by Godwin1 (merican restaurant.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
I was wrong...if this was published, the drug companies which sell sleeping pills would sue.

It's a sociology paper and reads like one. Maybe if Michelle would authorize a translation from sociologese into English, and issue it in a "graphic novel" format, it would sell.

15 posted on 02/23/2008 8:22:05 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Godwin1
I read the first bit of it and she remarks that "only about 10%" of Princeton's students were black. At that time (early 1980s) the percentage of college-age people who had high school diplomas who were black couldn't have been much more than 10% and may have been a bit under 10%...but she still makes it sound like a grave injustice is being committed.

I will give her credit for capitalizing the word White--it seems to be more common to capitalize Black and leave "white" in lower case.

16 posted on 02/23/2008 8:26:13 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: jdm

This is a thesis? Sounds more like a blog. You’d think Princeton would require a bit more intellectual profundity (maybe it does from some).


17 posted on 02/23/2008 8:31:21 AM PST by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: jdm

Just look at the current white administration. White racist Texans, and Condolezza is in one of the most important cabinet positions in the world. The Obama’s are the racists!


18 posted on 02/23/2008 8:35:07 AM PST by mefistofelerevised
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To: jdm

I see she had a hard time coming up with the minimum word count.

“In defining the concept of identification or the ability to identify with the black community, I based my definition on the premise that there is a distinctive black culture very different from white culture.”

Did she mean to say:

“My defintion of “identification” assumes a black culture distinct from white culture”


19 posted on 02/23/2008 8:35:12 AM PST by spanalot
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To: rock_lobsta

And she, like he, obviously has so many white genes. She’s obviously not going to opine on her whiteness in that segment of the society she’s in that looks down on “whiteness.” We’re not going to hear much about his “white” heritage or hers.


20 posted on 02/23/2008 8:36:25 AM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: detective
I think it is fine to be leery of Michelle Obama and her husband because of their liberal persuasion but it is foolish to assume that she didn't deserve to be at Princeton. Not all black affirmative action candidates are underqualified just as not all female affirmative action candidates are underqualified. IMHO she may have experienced a certain snobby, you're not a member of the club, type reaction from the white liberal elites at Princeton.

I don't believe that she got everything handed to her. I read a piece about her parents who were very hard working blue collar type people who believed in education and made their children's education a focus of their family life. It is possible to believe that there are racist people in America without hating the country, you know. IMHO stereotyping her as a certain type of black may not help us to determine who she really is and what her husband's candidacy means for our country.

21 posted on 02/23/2008 8:37:02 AM PST by foreshadowed at waco
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To: jdm

“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.” “

Hah - I think she is a phoney and I think that Obama is a phoney.

Why is nothing available from their college days?


22 posted on 02/23/2008 8:40:15 AM PST by spanalot
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To: jdm
Mizz Obama sent a questionnaire to 400 black Princeton graduates. Just under 90 alums responded to the questionnaires (for a response rate of approximately 22 percent) and the conclusions were not what she expected. "I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility."

Apparently the graduates were happiloy integrating into mainstream society and enjoying the good life available to Princeton grads, instead of moping endlessly about their "blackness," or identifying with the deteriorating inner-city culture.

23 posted on 02/23/2008 8:44:55 AM PST by hellbender
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To: Mr. Brightside

L0L A hilarious episode!


24 posted on 02/23/2008 8:46:40 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: foreshadowed at waco

Did you read her senior thesis? Did you know she had never been proud of America in her adult life?


25 posted on 02/23/2008 8:52:40 AM PST by detective
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To: ecomcon
But to the wild-swinging-I-hate-Mccain-more-than-you-do crowd this means nothing. Jackasses like Limbauagh have actually said Mccain could be in for a 50 state landslide loss. Why is is so hard for some people to put aside their hatred for McCain and think clearly and honestly about his chances. Because Levin and Limbaugh say he can’t win does not make it so. I have a lot more faith in the intelligence of the American people. caliph obama will be spoken about in the same sentences as walter mondull and comrade mcgovern.
26 posted on 02/23/2008 8:53:01 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatives live in the truth. Liberals live in lies.)
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To: foreshadowed at waco

It was Michelle herself who said that she did not have the test scores to get into the schools she attended.


27 posted on 02/23/2008 8:53:50 AM PST by freespirited (The worst Republican is far preferable to the best Democrat.)
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To: Godwin1

Princeton is home to the notorious Peter Singer, who advocates killing disabled newborns up to a month after birth. He is, if you can believe it, a professor of Bioethics at the university!

Princeton has fallen far, indeed.

http://www.euthanasia.com/prince.html


28 posted on 02/23/2008 8:59:45 AM PST by Deo volente
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To: jdm
Her thesis has so many tables she could have opened a furniture store.

I'm impressed with the bibliography. 8 items, of which one is an article which she couldn't find the source where it appeared for, and one has two authors' last names but no first names or initials. Obviously the Princeton Sociology Department has very rigorous standards.

29 posted on 02/23/2008 9:01:21 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Godwin1
In my day, a mere 20 years before Michelle, such a sloppily-conceived, poorly written, and at times ungrammatical submission would have been rejected. I’m appalled that, in 1985, Michelle’s ramblings served as a senior thesis. At Princeton, no less. God help us.

One reason Princeton is censoring this document may be to keep the public from finding how junk like this is the product of an Ivy League education costing something like $45K/yr. (I don't mean that political considerations were not involved as well.)

30 posted on 02/23/2008 9:19:13 AM PST by hellbender
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To: jdm

About tired of race baiters on all sides.
About tired of black or white supremists.
About tired of Mr. or Mrs Obamma.
About tired of any group complaining of how things are so damn unfair.


31 posted on 02/23/2008 9:33:47 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: jdm
Why would dat woman wanna live in da WHITE House anyways?!
32 posted on 02/23/2008 9:44:01 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: detective
“Michelle Obama wouldn’t have gotten into Princeton if she were white. She is one of those afirmative action types who get everything handed to them and always whine about being victims. She didn’t learn anything at Princeton so she had to write her senior thesis about the only thing she knows; complaining about being a victim of racism.”

Good summation.

She was there for COLOR. Apparently she never got over being black. Had she gotten over her skin color she wouldn’t be so bitter about being BLACK.

33 posted on 02/23/2008 10:21:30 AM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: hellbender

I saw that:

“Apparently the graduates were happiloy integrating into mainstream society and enjoying the good life available to Princeton grads, instead of moping endlessly about their “blackness,” or identifying with the deteriorating inner-city culture.”

They lifted themselves UP. She never did. She’s still bitter about being BLACK. Michele has “issues” with her skin color - typical racist.


34 posted on 02/23/2008 10:22:55 AM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: jdm

Michelle Obama is a very accomplished and intelligent woman who not only achieved the classic American Dream, but also greatly exceeded it. Even though it was through Affirmative Action and Princeton’s Legacy that she was admitted to Princeton, she worked hard and accomplished what the majority of American’s, White or Black, only dream of.

Yet, she stands before audiences today with a huge chip on her shoulder imagining she is downtrodden because of her race.

She fails to see that Affirmative Action only got her in the door and the rest she worked hard to achieve herself.

Nothing in life worth having really comes easy and to want to give others an easy road sets them up for the same chip she has, not appreciating her own accomplishments because of the perception she didn’t earn them.

Sad that she can’t see the Liberalism she advocates is the chip she carries on her shoulder.


35 posted on 02/23/2008 10:55:37 AM PST by DakotaRed (Keep following the media as they sell out America)
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To: jdm

That this self-referential rant about victimization and resentment was accepted by Princeton as a “thesis” says as much about Princeton as about the suffering of Michele.


36 posted on 02/23/2008 11:00:19 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: o_zarkman44

“Now why would Princeton want to temporary withdraw her thesis from the library until after the election?”

Because it exposes the lack of academic rigor at Princeton, even over 20 years ago. This was the most sophomoric, non-scholarly piece of drivel ever. I read about half of it and could’t read any more. If this is what it takes to get an Ivy League degree, it is truly sad.


37 posted on 02/23/2008 11:06:28 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: LiberConservative; potlatch; devolve; PhilDragoo; Lady Jag; MeekOneGOP

M. Obama thesis ping.

~~My crystal ball sez they’ll rename the W. H. the “People’s House” soon after moving in.


38 posted on 02/23/2008 11:47:02 AM PST by ntnychik
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To: jdm
There are two ways to deal with adversity in life.

One is to be resilient and work around the problem of other people who treat you badly. The other is to hold grudges, get a chip on your shoulder, and grasp at an ideology of hatred.

That applies regardless of the color of your skin, your religion, or any other trait that some others may use an excuse to treat you poorly.

Michelle's recent quote about how she wasn't proud of America until recently may mean that she has learned this lesson.

I would like to see her address this issue directly so that the American can find out exactly what kind of person she is.

Has she now seen enough friendly white faces to denouce her college black racism? That is the question.
39 posted on 02/23/2008 12:55:29 PM PST by cgbg (Welcome To Rinopolos. Bring the _big_ shovels.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
I will give her credit for capitalizing the word White--it seems to be more common to capitalize Black and leave "white" in lower case.

Capitalizing either is incorrect. We are not talking about nations, or nationals of great nations. Even the formal names of the three main races are not capitalized in ordinary use.

40 posted on 02/23/2008 1:07:59 PM PST by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: jdm
Mrs. Obama is lucky she got to enter Princeton.

In my day, women could not enroll at Princeton.

41 posted on 02/23/2008 3:31:40 PM PST by syriacus (When NIU prof Marc Falkoff speaks, mayhem follows.)
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To: jdm

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. She is the Obama campaign loose cannon Benito Mussolini face of liberal facism that Barack Hussein Obama is so careful to mask.


42 posted on 02/23/2008 6:58:18 PM PST by DMZFrank
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