You might be tempted to regard the conclusion as being irrelevant to the thesis it purports to arise from. It may be relevant in the sense that Michelle is trying to figure out how it is that educated Blacks often become Uncle Toms, “fogittin dey roots,” and how this might be prevented.
Michelle might have chosen to leave unwritten the idea that educated Blacks should have their option of associating with Whitey curtailed, so that the benefits of their educations can be redirected into the community of poorer, less-educated Black people.
Apparently, if you want a Princeton Bachelor of Arts degree, then you must either (1) have money, be smart, and work hard — or else, (2) be Black and just enroll.
The Obamas got a $65 million advance for a book by each of them. In LA, her event was not at a bookstore, but rather at the Forum in Inglewood, where the Lakers used to play. We’re interested in what the book has to say about politics, because hers were maybe more complicated than she let on.
At Princeton she said she lived mostly in a black-student world, hanging around at the Third World Center.
In that chapter she says nothing about ideas, books, or arguments, even though she minored in African American Studies.
It appears to be a study about the changing attitudes of the Blacks who had previously graduated from Princeton University.
Apparently, Michelle went to the school’s Alumni Records Office and asked someone named Pat Larue to help her in sending a questionnaire to these Black alumni. Some time went by, and a few of the prestigious Congoids mailed her their replies.
by David Sims MICHELLE La Vaughn Robinson (now Michelle Obama) wrote a thesis at Princeton University as part of qualifying for her Bachelor of Arts degree.
It is titled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” You can find the PDF copy of the entire thesis here.