Obama als doorbraak

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4 juni 2008 | Nu Barack Obama zeker lijkt van zijn kandidatuur voor het Witte Huis, is het goed te beseffen hoezeer dit een historische doorbraak inhoudt. Bijvoorbeeld dankzij de scriptie die Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in 1985 schreef: 'Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community'. "My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before." Zij is nu mevrouw Obama en schreef toen een indringende analyse van hoe perifeer een jonge zwarte studente moest zijn aan een topuniversiteit.

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has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere and elsewhere in recent weeks, as it has been “temporarily withdrawn” from Princeton’s library until after this year’s presidential election in November.

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