Michelle Obama’s Princeton Thesis – Her Black Values Revealed?

Michelle Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton was on the attitudes of black Princeton alumni and attempted to examine the following issues:

 

>Extent to which black alumni are comfortable interacting with black and whites

>Extent to which black alumni are motivated to benefit black communities in comparison to other things, such as themselves, their families, etc.

>The ideologies black alumni hold with respect to race relations between blacks and whites

>Feelings black alumni have toward the black lower class, such as feelings of obligation that they should help improve the lives of this particular group of blacks.

 

On Page 2 of her thesis, Michelle Obama states that regardless of her education, integration, assimilation into white culture, she will always be on the periphery of society, never becoming a full participant.

 

Michelle goes on to say she has acquired some white conservative values, namely getting accepted at a prestigious graduate school and getting a high paying corporate job.

 

Further along in her thesis, Michelle Obama argues for the Stokely Carmichael, or Black Power position that black must first close ranks, take pride in their blackness and black value system, before entering society as a whole. 

 Carmichael, Malcolm X and the Black Power Movement espoused a black first doctrine.  They wanted nothing less than a black nation within a nation.  This was seen as the means to gain political and economic power equal to that of whites. 

Michelle Obama then goes on to bemoan the separation of black studies from white studies.

 The way black studies were handled by Princeton in the mid-80’s may well have been a function of how the liberal Princeton professors and administrators buying into, and promoting the values of Carmichael and the Black Power Movement. 

On Page 26, Michelle Obama draws the conclusion that the more blacks interact with whites on an intellectual level, the less likely those blacks will value helping poor blacks.

 

Does this mean white values corrupt black values?

 

Michelle goes on in her thesis to say that the more blacks become integrated or assimilated into society as a whole, the less motivated those blacks are to benefit the black community and the less positive their attitudes toward lower class blacks.  She goes on to state that as blacks have become more integrated into white society, the more blacks have lost touch with black culture, with some blacks becoming so removed from their culture that they feel ashamed of that culture.

 

Michelle Obama had hoped that her findings would conclude that as a result of black’s time at Princeton, and despite a high degree of identification with white society, black Princeton alumni would maintain a level of identification with the black community and values.  Her findings did not support this possibility.

 Michelle Obama’s senior thesis would have come at a time in her life when her attitudes, values and view of the world would mostly be fixed.  Is her thesis a reflection of why she was attracted to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Trinity Church.  Does her thesis reflect deep seated feelings about whites and society as a whole.  And is this the basis for Michelle Obama not being proud of her country, until now?

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7 Responses

  1. You’re presenting Michelle Obama’s thesis as solely the product of her opinion. That’s probably unfair, and highly unlikely at an institution like Princeton.

    Why not post the thesis, if you have it, and let it speak for itself?

  2. Never underestimate the influence of a wife who bitch-slaps her husband in public. Early in Obama’s campaign, Michelle Obama could not restrain herself from belittling the senator. “I have some difficulty reconciling the two images I have of Barack Obama. There’s Barack Obama the phenomenon. He’s an amazing orator, Harvard Law Review, or whatever it was, law professor, best-selling author, Grammy winner. Pretty amazing, right? And then there’s the Barack Obama that lives with me in my house, and that guy’s a little less impressive,” she told a fundraiser in February 2007.

    “For some reason this guy still can’t manage to put the butter up when he makes toast, secure the bread so that it doesn’t get stale, and his five-year-old is still better at making the bed than he is.” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported at the time, “She added that the TV version of Barack Obama sounded really interesting and that she’d like to meet him sometime.” Her handlers have convinced her to be more tactful since then.

    “Frustration” and “disappointment” have dogged Michelle Obama these past 20 years, despite her US$300,000 a year salary and corporate board memberships. It is hard for the descendants of slaves not to resent America. They were not voluntary immigrants but kidnap victims, subjected to a century of second-class citizenship even after the Civil War ended slavery. Blackness is not the issue; General Colin Powell, whose parents chose to immigrate to America from the West Indies, saw America just as other immigrants do, as a land of opportunity. Obama’s choice of wife is a failsafe indicator of his own sentiments. Spouses do not necessarily share their likes, but they must have their hatreds in common.

  3. These have been frustrating revelations because the passionate Obama supporters have reacted to any inkling of other than JFK imagery with rage.
    My reservation about a Obama presidency is that he seems really fake. He has the love affair of the blindly faithful – faithful as his flaws can be brushed aside – though he is actually a person of his own life and past.
    Rather he is, as Shelby Steele says in ‘Bound Man’, a bargainer, the Oprah, Cosby etc – the African American who makes whites feel that he knows they aren’t racist… a con man for sure.

  4. I think we are just going to see how “black” to Obamas are if he gets elected as president. You don’t sit in church 20 yrs. and support it for 20 yrs. without believing in what you hear and are taught.

  5. I think we are just going to see how “black” the Obamas are if he gets elected as president. You don’t sit in church 20 yrs. and support it for 20 yrs. without believing in what you hear and are taught.

  6. Obama did not have the usual black American experience. He didn’t grow up in a big city, didn’t live in a ghetto. Instead he was reared in a multicultural society, traveled and went to the best schools, including Harvard. If he has such views, they are intellectual and not visceral. But he’s also smart enough to know that hate and division flat don’t work. He’s after glory and power…what presidential aspirant doesn’t? But he believes his way to get both is to build a better, fairer country.

    And why join Wright’s church? Because it was the place to be if you wanted to gain votes, nothing more. Do you really think the editor of the Harvard Law Review can’t think for himself?

  7. Obama needs to explain to the American people what changes he is considering and how he hopes to accomplish this. All we have heard from him is change, change, change, yet he has failed to say what changes. Oh, I know that he has said he would change the tax law for the middle class, but will it actually benefit the middle working class? I doubt it very seriously. I have never voted outside the Democratic party since I registered to vote in 1964, but this year will be a first for me. Why? Because I can not bring myself to vote for someone I do not believe in and whom I think will do more harm than good for the United States of America. He has stated that he can not salute the American flag, or lay his hand on the Bible. If this is the case, if he were to win the presidency, tell me how he will be sworn into office? Will he place his hand on the Bible with a frown on his face and be repulsed or be a hypocrite with a smile. He must agree with the teachings of Wright or he would not have attended the church for 20 years. Personally, if I do not agree with a pastor’s teachings, I will go elsewhere. I will not sit there for 20 years, then all of a sudden, decide that I disagree. His Muslin faith is another issue that I find fault with. He will never win me over and no, I’m not a racist person. I just do not agree with Obama because I really don’t understand exactly what he stands for and he hasn’t clarified to the American people what he does stand for.

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