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Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Obama Obsession with Skin Color

Someone sent me some interesting information recently about Michelle Obama and the kind of activities she considered important in college.

Below is a brief video and here is a picture (click to enlarge) of Michelle Robinson Obama's college yearbook.

As you can see from the activities listed for Michelle Robinson, she was into Black Unity and activities at the Third World Center.

According to this article from Princeton, the Third World Center "was established in 1971 to provide a social, cultural and political environment that reflects the needs and concerns of students of color at the University."

It has since been renamed the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. One of the goals listed is to "Sustain a sincere and continued commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equality, equity throughout all facets of the Princeton community." A couple of the academic priorities listed are "Attraction and Retention of Diverse Faculty" and "Ethnic Studies and Area Studies."

In the mission statement we find the center wants to "educate and to engage the broader University community regarding issues of cultural pluralism" and "enhance the multicultural consciousness and empowerment of our students." It encourages "exploration of diverse heritages, values and cultural experiences."

They also sponsor "dialogue groups that explore issues such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, inter-ethnic relationships and cultural identity." (emphasis added)

Given this level of ethno-centrism, one can't help but recall the racist, Afrocentric Obama pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, his obsession with skin color, and his fiery denunciations of "rich white people."

Seeing Michelle Robinson Obama's heavy involvement with this organization, it is no wonder that her thesis was on "racial divide" and entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."

From The Politico:

"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 under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second."

Another excerpt from her thesis:

"In defining the concept of identification or the ability to identify with the black community," the Princeton student wrote, "I based my definition on the premise that there is a distinctive black culture very different from white culture."

How about just embracing "American culture"?

One of the things that has helped America become a unified nation (i.e. e pluribus unum) though our ancestors come from every nation on earth has been the "melting pot" approach. Traditionally, immigrants immersed themselves in American culture and set about the task of "becoming American" not just in name and citizenship but in culture as well.

Unfortunately many ethno-centric people and the "multicultural" and "diversity" crowd take the opposite approach: out of one, many. They emphasize skin color, ethnic background and ancestral national origin. This tends to keep us divided not only in our ancestral backgrounds, but in our minds...and ultimately in our goals, values, purposes...and allegiances.

We intentionally divide ourselves when we should be celebrating our American citizenship. Unfortunately, that leaves us divided and weak before many hostile forces in the world who would love nothing more than to see our common country in ruin.

But with the growing body of evidence that Michelle Obama seems more concerned about skin color than about being American (regardless of skin color and ancestral origin), it's hardly a wonder that only in the last year, as her husband has gained national political prominence, has she for the first time been proud of her country.

My source for this yearbook information was a classmate of Michelle Robinson. He tells me that at Princeton she ate at Stevenson Hall rather than one of the "eating clubs."

"While not every one at Stevenson was a 'radical,' it was definitely not where the 'in' crowd ate," my source tells me.

He believes she did not try to assimilate at Princeton, and that perhaps her feelings of disenfranchisement were in part of her own doing. My source says that unfortunately many blacks intentionally segregated themselves from the rest of the campus at Princeton.

Michelle's husband Barack also seems to feel alienated from American culture and overly embraces "black culture." We might recall his sentiments on "white folks."

I have no problem at all with with the idea of a black man as president; after all, I've had black friends all my life, have worked with and for black people during my time in the military and since, and my best man at my wedding was a black man.

But I have grave misgivings about entrusting the leadership of our nation to anyone who is more wrapped up in their ethnic heritage than they are American heritage--whether their ethnic heritage be African, Irish, Italian, English, French or Mongolian.

In fact, evidence would strongly suggest that Barack Obama has more than a fair amount of disdain for American heritage, given his disparaging comments about the Founders and our Constitution.

If you are aware of his 2001 interview in which he discussed a "reparative" strategy for wealth redistribution, you will recall that he lamented the "constraints" the Founders put on the Constitution to limit government (and protect our freedom). Obama views the enumerated powers of the Constitution as a tragic impediment to his Marxist goal of redistributing everyones wealth as he sees fit.

Someone with this kind of Marxist ideology, and this kind of chip on their shoulder about American heritage and our form of government cannot rationally be entrusted with the leadership of our nation.

Shown is Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (Obama) in the 1985 Nassau Herald (the Princeton Univ. Yearbook). Note the organizations that Michelle were part of. Unlike other students who listed a variety of activities, including theatre, team sports, band or orchestra, etc., Michelle Obama listed only one type of activity -- activities that showed her single-minded focus on the third-world and black unity. No wonder she wasn't proud of America until recently.


Anonymous said...

I think the evidence idicates that Obama is fairly malleable and will be whatever his handlers wish. Michelle, on the other hand, is an ideologue and is thoroughly invested in black separatism, a la Louis Farrakhan.

Anonymous said...

do you really belive that you are not ethnocentric. The only reason you feel that you are not is becuase you are part of the majority culture. You dont wake up thinking I am white because white is the majority. If you lived in Ghana Im sure you would walk around aware of your whiteness. You have a sad misunderstanding, you can't comprehend connection with culture becuase the only culture you belive you have is AMerican. And for you that might be true becuase that culture has always embrassed you. That has not always been true for many born Americans. Black American at what time is this country were not even considered citizend. They still face daily structural and interpersonal racism. So it is difficult to embrass a country that has not fully embrassed you. So insted of worrying about Michelle Obama I would ask to worry about your own people "white people" who are so obsessed with skin color they live in fear of others who are not like them, perpetuate instituional racism and isolate themselves in their own community. You have to remember as a black person even if I decide to eat with only black peopl live in a neighborhood with only black peopl I have no choice but to interact with white people on a daily basis. White culture is dominant and controls this country. However, as a white person you can spend you whole life not once ever itnerfacing with a person that does not look like you. Now that is isolation, that is ethnocetrism. You just can see it because what you call AMerican is really White Culture. Oh BTW read White like Me it should help you form educated opinions.

Bob Ellis said...

I don't know what universe you live in, Anonymous, but I can think of few places in America where a person could spend a week (much less their entire life) without interacting with a person of a different skin color.

Even here in South Dakota where there are few black people, I see and work with and have black people in my home almost every day. And there are also the many Native Americans here in South Dakota.

Perhaps you live in ethnic isolation, but I think it's safe to say most Americans don't.

And I'd like to think we have an American culture here in America, not a "black" culture and a "white" culture. After all, we're all Americans, aren't we? Why don't we quit worrying about skin color and get on the same team with one another--the AMERICAN team.

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