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Princeton Releases Michelle Obama’s Senior Thesis

Princeton University has recently released Michelle Obama’s senior thesis after previously making it unavailable to the public, according to an article in The Daily Princetonian.

Obama’s thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” examined the attitudes of the university’s Black alumni toward the Black community during their tenure at Princeton.

“Will they become more or less motivated to benefit the Black community?” Obama, then Michelle Robinson, wrote in her thesis. After surveying 89 Black alumni, Obama’s study showed that Black undergraduates at Princeton saw a reduction in how strongly they identified with the Black community.

The thesis has caused somewhat of a controversy due to its prior unavailability and now because of its racial subject matter. It is now being discussed in the media as to whether the content of her thesis will have an effect on her husband’s bid for the presidency.

“Her thesis seems especially pertinent given the questions that have been raised off and on about the supposed ‘tight-rope’ of racial identity politics that some claim Sen. Obama has to carefully navigate,” Princeton College Democrats president, Rob Weiss, said in an e-mail to The Princetonian.

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