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January 5th, 2009
01:46 PM ET

Black Sidwellian student: advice to Obama girls

The Obama transition team has released photos of the Obama girls preparing for school Monday.
The Obama transition team has released photos of the Obama girls preparing for school Monday.

Baratunde Thurston
Comedian and Contributing Writer, The Daily Beast

Dear President-elect and Mrs. Obama,

You’ve been there. Princeton. Columbia. Harvard Law. The white-shoe law firm of Sidley Austin. The US Senate. You know what it’s like to be that raisin in the milk, the rare black face at an elite institution.

As your daughters come of age at the top prep school in our nation’s capital, they will likely face the same raisin-in-the-milk trials and awkwardness with which you are likely familiar and I most certainly am; I attended the same school, Sidwell Friends, for six years, graduating in 1995.

There are some important differences between my Sidwell experience and what your daughters will face, of course.

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  1. JC- Los Angeles

    On January 20th, America turns the page on history and swears in a new President who was elected for a variety of reasons that had little to do with skin color.

    It's extremely disappointing to continually see certain individuals frame storylines around the color of one's skin rather than the content of their character.

    I'm hopeful that after January 20th, our nation will hold everyone to the same high standards and put racial segregation to rest once and for all.

    January 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm |