Saturday, February 23, 2008

Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide

Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide - Jeffrey Ressner - "'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has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere and elsewhere in recent weeks, as it has been 'temporarily withdrawn' from Princeton's library until after this year's presidential election in November.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."

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