By now the Chronicle of Higher Education’s craven capitulation in re: the matter of Naomi Schaffer Riley’s criticism of black studies is widely known, and needs little additional commentary here. But since the subject of identity scholarship is briefly in the news again—where the mongers of identity politics don’t want it to be, except when they do—we might as well include some excerpts from one notable entry in the field:
My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before. 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 underwhich [sic] I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second.
These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant. This realization has presently, made my goals to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black community more desirable.
This is from the 1985 senior thesis of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, aka, Michelle Obama.