VEN (MARS) — Finally former First Lady Michelle Obama tackled the complexities of race relations and English grammar in her 1985 senior thesis, “Princeteon-Educated Blacks And The Black Community,” the crowning achievement of her all-expenses-paid, prestigious, Ivy League “edjumication” [sic].
As an undergraduate, Mrs Obama majored in Sociology — or as it’s more commonly known among serious students in the college of liberal arts “the study of the obvious by the incompetent” — with a double minor in Black Studies and Post-modern English Solecisms.
According to POLITICO, Mrs Obama’s research consisted of an 18-question survey sent to 400 Black Princeton alumni. Just under 90 alumni responded to the questionnaire (for a response rate of approximately 22 percent).
In the introduction to her thesis (shown below), Ms Robinson curiously asserts that her thesis will soon be a Black alumus (As a future Black alumnus, this study is particularly interesting) confusing not only her thesis with herself, but a male graduate (alumnus) with a female graduate (almuna), leading many researchers to conclude — like Joan Rivers — that Mrs Obama was in fact at some point — or still is — a man.
The following is from the introduction to “Princeteon-Educated Blacks And The Black Community,” by Michelle LaVaugn Robinson:
The purpose of this study is to examine various attitudes of Black Princeton alumni in their present state and as they are perceived by the alumni to have changed over time.
This study tries to examine the following attitudes of alumni: the extent to which they are comfortable interacting with Black and with White individuals in various activities; the extent to which they are motivated to benefit the Black community in comparison to other entities such as themselves, their families, God, etc.; the ideologies they hold with respects to race relations between the Black and White communities; and feelings they have toward the Black lower class such as a feeling of obligation that they should help improve the lives of this particular group of Blacks.
As a future Black alumnus, this study is particularly interesting because often times I take my own attitudes about such issues for granted;. never pausing to reflect upon how my experiences at Princeton may somehow have caused my attitudes to change. This is important for Blacks in contemporary society because as more Blacks begin attending predominately White universities it will be helpful to know how their experiences in these universities affect their future attitudes.
In years to come if their attitudes do change, is it possible, for example, that they will become more comfortable interacting with Blacks or with Whites in various activities? Will they become more or less motivated to benefit the Black community? If there is a change in their attitudes to what might it be attributed? Will they feel any obligation as a member of the Black community to help other Blacks in particular who are less fortunate than them-selves?