Is Michelle's decision not to release her thesis to the public come under the provisions of the Patriot Act? What's she hiding?
On Tuesday February 19, 2008, Jonah Goldberg remarked on National Review Online: "A reader in the know informs me that Michelle Obama's thesis, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community," is unavailable until November 5, 2008 at the Princeton library. I wonder why."
There are those among Democrats who resent this kind of questioning of a Democratic candidate's wife. However, what they don't resent is that a presidential candidate's wife has contributed a major piece of literature explaining her beliefs and ideas in one of our nation's most prestigious universities, but will not allow the rest of us to see what she has to say. I find that disturbing.
It's amazing how liberals cry for freedom of speech but when self-imposed censorship affects "one of their own", the freedom goes only one way-the freedom to not divulge what could be pertinent information. Perhaps we could get Dan Rather to forge a copy of Mrs. Obama's thesis and release it to the press. Isn't that the media's way of revealing the truth? Just make it up.
To find out what's in Mrs. Obama's thesis I took several steps:
First, I needed to find out Michelle's maiden name to locate the thesis she wrote as a single woman while in college. According to Wikianswers her name is Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. She wrote her Master's thesis in 1985 as a master's candidate in Princeton's Sociology Department.
Next, I had to locate the title of the thesis, which is "Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community." The thesis is 96 pages. According to the Princeton University Senior Thesis Full Record, the thesis is not to be released until November 5, 2008. However, you can still order a copy of Michelle's thesis by following one of the links on the page.
Finally, I discovered selected quotes from Michelle's thesis which provided the gist of her thesis. Let me quote from Hot Air:
In her 1985 Princeton senior thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” Michelle LaVaughn Robinson lamented that "white professors and classmates always saw her as 'Black first and a student second.'"
Furthermore, "she had surveyed alumni to see whether they sacrificed their commitment to other blacks on the altar of success, and foresaw for herself an uneasy future(italic's mine): 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.”
Since Mrs. Obama's husband is running for presidential candidate as the first black man ever to be taken seriously (Don't forget Alan Keyes), Mrs. Obama was dead wrong in her view that even though she's an educated black her future will still be "uneasy."
In the same vein, Michelle also lamented in her introduction that regardless of " 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.”
Sorry Michelle, but you did not end up on the peripheral as you projected. Nor has your life given evidence that "you don't belong in white society." Quite the contrary. You are in dead center, equal with the white man and a white woman. Your husband is a full participant in the 2008 presidential race. What a testimony to the greatness of this country! This is Dr. King's dream come true. Advancement to great levels of success based on a person's character and hard work . . . not affirmative action.
Mrs. Obama, let me suggest that your thesis needs serious revising.
Michelle also expressed in her thesis' conclusion whether her education would "affect my identification with the Black community. 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."
Along with wonderful black women like Condoleezza Rice, Mrs. Obama should be proud of her education and see herself as an example to both black and white communities. The goal is not merely to identify with the black community but to lift up her community to demonstrate the freedom to succeed and take part in our society- a freedom any black man or woman has if they apply themselves with hard work and perseverance.
The political platform of Barak Obama must reach further heights than identification with the black community.
In Shelby Steele's book on Obama, A Bound Man, he expresss his concern that Obama's presence as a black man could get in the way of his policies. The worse thing Obama can do is run on the "race ticket" so that no one ever knows what he stands for. He must stand for something more than "I am the first black man to ever run for president."
The question still remains, "Why a restricted thesis?" Is the concern based on what's in the thesis? Will Michelle Obama appear to be too black for white America or not black enough for black America?
If your husband becomes our next president (and I do not plan to vote for him), I want a man who represents me as an American- not a white person. I want a man who is proud to be an American more than he is proud of being black or white or Catholic or anything else.