We found ourselves amused as we began reading Michelle Obama’s thesis for her BA in sociology. Her narcicism was evident back then, though not nearly as robust as it appears today. The entire opening is almost exclusively about her own feelings, and using reality as a backdrop against which her feelings and perceptions are displayed. One passage we found, mmm, interesting was this: “At the same time, however, it is conceivable that my four years of exposure to a predominantly White, Ivy League University, has instilled within me certain conservative values. For example, as I enter my final year at Princeton, I find myself striving for many of the same goals as my White classmates — acceptance to a prestigious graduate or professional school or a high paying position in a successful corporation. Thus my goals after Princeton are not as clear as before.”
- Advancing your educational career or moving into the fast lane with a high-paying position – this is a conservative value? So does that mean liberal values are to stop advancing your education, be as dumb as you can be, and strive for financial ruin America? We suspect that this may be closer to the truth than our derision might suggest. But really – isn’t success a pragamatist’s value – neither conservative nor liberal? Must everything be seen through a racial/politically charged lens?
- Why is the word “White” capitalized?
- It is conceivable that four years in a particular setting might have an affect on you? Say it isn’t so, and Shhh – don’t tell your husband. He thinks that he can sit in the pew at Jeremiah Wright’s church and listen to all the bombast spewed out of that hateful mounth, listen to all the parishoners chanting, “Uh huh, right on,” and other very articulate responses to the Reverand’s rants, without it affecting his views at all. So please, Mrs. Obama. Don’t spoil the President’s hallucination.
We will cut Mrs. Obama a tiny bit of slack here. She may have been just naive pup, as we were when we attended college.
However, she seems to not have stopped being naive; seems to believe that “jobs” exist without businesses that generate the jobs, and seems to be very willing for everything to be all about her (witness her so-called “sales pitch” to bring the Olympics home to Chicago because it would make her daddy happy.)
We will – as time and desire allow, read through this laborious tome of hers. We are so bored with all things having to do with “race” in this country, that we can only take so much of it.
Again – we call on all who have brains: throw away your hyphens. Subordinate your heritage to what’s in your heart, mind, and soul right now. What are your aspirations? What do you dream of for yourself and your family? What do you do that is helpful or at least not hurtful in the neighborhoods where you live? How can you improve who you are as a human being, as a student, or as a business success, etc.
None of these questions need be about your race, ethnicity, religion, or any other hyphen-maker – unless you do it yourself. Throw away the hyphens. Come up to the 21st Century and be welcomed as real citizens of America, instead of your self-imposed, second-rate, tin-plated copies of what it means to be an American.