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    Michelle Obama's Princeton thesis called for blacks to combat the "white oppressor"


    Michelle Obama quoted the opinions of Princeton alumni on race in her college thesis

    This false claim is about a passage from Michelle Obama’s undergraduate senior thesis, which was based on a questionnaire sent to Princeton alumni to assess how their attitudes about the "Black and White communities," among other things, have changed over time. The distortion of this passage falsely attributes Michelle Obama’s description of the way some of those alumni felt to Michelle Obama herself. From the 1985 thesis:

    Another possible hypothesis created from this study's findings explaining why respondents became attached to Blacks at Princeton is that the mood of Black students at Princeton during the time that most of the respondents were attending Princeton was more separationist. As discussed earlier, most respondents were attending Princeton during the 70's, at a time when the Black Power Movement was still influencing the attitudes of many Blacks.

    It is possible that Black individuals either chose to or felt pressure to come together with other Blacks on campus because of the belief that Blacks must join in solidarity to combat a White oppressor. As the few blacks in a White environment it is understandable that respondents might have felt a need to look out for one another.

    One can contrast the mood of the campus years ago and the level of attachment to Blacks to that of the present mood of the campus, which is more pro-integrationist, and the level of attachment to Blacks.