Barack and Michelle Obama’s Black Nationalism, In Their Own Words

 We encourage our readers to circulate the following in its entirety. Instead of speaking for (or about) the Obamas, we will let them and their church speak for themselves.

    Earlier in my college career, there was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the Black community I was somehow obligated to this community and would use all of my present and future resources to benefit this community first and foremost. My experiences at Princeton have made me more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before.Michelle LaVaughn Robinson [Obama], “Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” page 2


Michelle Obama, in her own words:

    Elements of Black culture which make it unique from White culture such as its music, its language, the struggles and a “consciousness” shared by its people may be attributed to the injustices and oppression suffered by this race of people which are not comparable to the experiences of any other race of people through this country’s history. However, with the increasing integration of Blacks into the mainstream society, many “integrated Blacks” have lost touch with the Black culture in their attempts to become adjusted and comfortable in their new culture–the White culture. Some of these Blacks are no longer able to enjoy the qualities which make Black culture so unique or are unable to share their culture openly with other Blacks because they have become so far removed from these experiences and, in some instances, ashamed of them because of their integration.Michelle LaVaughn Robinson [Obama], “Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” page 54

Barack Hussein Obama, in his own words:

    It contradicted the morality my mother had taught me, a morality of subtle distinctions–between individuals of goodwill and those who wished me ill, between active malice and ignorance or indifference. I had a personal stake in that moral framework; I’d discovered that I couldn’t escape it if I tried. And yet perhaps it was a framework that blacks in this country could no longer afford; perhaps it weakened black resolve, encouraged confusion within the ranks. Desperate times called for desperate measures, and for many blacks, times were chronically desperate. If nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning whites, or the inner turmoil it caused people like me, would be of little consequence. If nationalism could deliver. As it turned out, questions of effectiveness, and not sentiment, caused most of my quarrels with Rafiq. [Rafiq al-Shabazz, a “self-professed [Black] nationalist”]

    –Barack Obama, “Dreams From My Father,” pp. 199-200 (paperback edition)

Barack Hussein Obama, in his own words:

    That was the problem with people like Joyce [a college classmate of Italian, African-American, Native American, and French ethnicity]. They talked about the richness of their multicultural heritage and it sounced real good, until you noticed that they avoided black people. …The truth was that I understood [Joyce], her and all the other black kids who felt the way she did. In their mannerisms, their speech, their mixed-up hearts, I kept recognizing pieces of myself. And that’s exactly what scared me. Their confusion made me question my own racial credentials all over again. …To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.
    –Barack Obama, “Dreams From My Father,” pages 99-100

Barack and Michelle Obama’s church, in its own words

    # A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.

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5 Responses to “Barack and Michelle Obama’s Black Nationalism, In Their Own Words”

  1. Michelle Obama “obligated to benefit the black community first and foremost” « from the mind of….. Says:

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  2. theocon1 Says:

    The first MO quote is cropped before she talks about being tempted to conform to more typical expectations of an ivy league graduate such as going to grad school or taking a corporate job. i really didn’t understand what the second quote is supposed to suggest. has all of this reverse racism nonsense gone so far that is now possible to suggest that anyone who sees any value in any aspect of black culture is somehow anti-white? if MO were writing about her conflicted feelings about trying to keep connected to the irish community or the italian community would this also be somehow racist?
    as for the BO quotes, although conflicted, it seems as though BO is arguing against black nationalism and somewhat embarrassed by the associations of his youth. it is difficult to understand the context because you fail to attempt to provide any. and, for the record, i don’t have any love for marxist professors or structural feminists (whatever that means) but i have known a few punk rock poets that weren’t half bad.

  3. wingedhussar1683 Says:

    “If nationalism could deliver. As it turned out, questions of effectiveness, and not sentiment, caused most of my quarrels with Rafiq” does not suggest that Obama is arguing against Black Nationalism, except with regard to its effectiveness. That is, Obama implies he would have supported it if he thought it would work.

  4. theocon1 Says:

    so barack obama doesn’t think “black nationalism” would be good for the black community and he doesn’t support “black nationalism.” got it. thanks for clearing that up.
    wait a minute. what was this post about?

  5. therightone4 Says:

    I read M. Obama’s Thesis and found it to be very one sided and what I took from it is that by looking for more study M.Obama is the one who really “doesn’t get it.” Not even close. She wanted to understand why many Blacks went to the White community after leaveing Princeston. The simply fact is. Once Blacks integratedwith Whites and realized thatwhat they have been taught about the White community was wrong and hateful. So of course they left the Black community behind.
    They were finally thinking for themseves and not being subjegated and seperated by Black leaders to keep those leaders in power. The line used “Your poor and it’s whitey’s fault so give me your support and money, the leader will make it better”.
    That is exactly what B.H.Obama says when he tells the masses that he will raise taxes on the rich. The Blacks hear “He’s going to tax rich whitey”
    B.H.Obama and Michelle are the same Black activist’s just clened up abit.

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