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2018-12-27 看过

On the mixed identity of Barack Obama and her sucess as a Chicago south side black women。如果你against all odds成功了,反而是你的同类人最先开始怀疑你?

America would bring to Barack Obama the same questions my cousin was unconsciously putting to me that day on the stoop: Are you what you appear to be? Do I trust you or not?

看这本书的时候我和我妈说,Michelle Obama爸妈教育她的方法和你们教育我的方法是一样的 (me not being sucessful is solely on me),基本上就是,我们给你提意见和建议,但是你想要什么样的人生,你自己决定,我们不会逼你。特别是你喜欢的人和你喜欢的工作(the things you want to do and the people you want to do),你一定要自己决定。如果决定错了,也是你自己的错,你不能怪别人你只能走下去。

"I'm not raising babies", She (Michelle's mother)'d tell us. "I'm raising adults." She and my dad offered guidelines rather than rules. It meant that as teenagers we'd never have a curfew. Instead, they'd ask, "What's a reasonable time for you to be home?" and then trust us to stick to our word.
Our decisions were on us. It was our life, not hers, and alwasy would be.

我想我们这些年少就出国留学的人听到最多的问题是,你有没有交外国朋友?怎么还是和中国人一起玩呀?Michelle speaking the hard truth of societal diversity.

I understand that when it comes to campus diversity, the ideal would be to achieve something resembling what's often shown on college brochures - smiling students working and socializing in neat, ethanically blended groups...the burden of assimilation is put largely ont the shoulders of minority students. In my experience, it's a lot to ask.

Minority people都明白的一个道理,你不只代表你,你代表所有和你一样的人,你fucked up,就代表了所有和你一样的人,都没了翻身的机会。

If in high school I'd felt as if I were representing my neighborhood, now at Princeton I was representing my race. Anytime I found my voice in class or nailed an exam, I quietly hoped it helped make a larger point.
...holding himself (Brack) to a higher standard than even what's dictated by law. There's an age-old maxim in the black community: You've got to be twice as good to get half as far.

Michelle Obama情话大王

...fault line in your life has begun to tremble...Next to your name is another name, that of some hotshot a law student who's busy climbing his own ladder. Like you, he's black and from Harvard. Other than that, you know nothing - just the name, and it's an odd one.
In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers...His bio said he was originally from Hawaii, which at leat made him a comparatively exotic geek...I'd been pleasantly startled by the voice on the other end of the line - a rich, even sexy, baritone that didn't seem to match his photo one bit.

Barack Obama做了两年community organizer然后去读了law school, 他读law school的原因。So fucking true. 我最近也在考虑这个问题,因为工作上碰到了同样的壁。

He was in law school, he explained, because grassroots organizing had shown him that meaningful societal change required not just the work of the people on the ground but stronger policies and governmental action as well.

最近我和朋友讨论,一些historically主要是白男的公司,现在招人的时候专门有minority指标,甚至为minority降低标准,到底是不是一件有意义的事情。她觉得并没有意义,反而让minority进了职场觉得得到了不该有的机会,我觉得为了推进真正的平等,这是必要的第一步。刚好就读到了Michelle的看法。

If we were serious about bringing in minority lawyers, we'd have to look more holistically at candidates. We'd need to think about how they'd used whaever opportunities life had afforded them rather than measuring them simply by how far they'd made it up an elitist academic ladder. The point wasn't to lower the firm's high standards: It was to realize that by sticking with the most rigid and old-school way of evaluating a new layer's potential, we were overlooking all sorts of people who could contrubute to the firm's success.

Michelle on the never-ending question - how women can have it all. The answer is we can't.

I understood that I was being watched with a certian kind of anticipation, especially by women, maybe especially by professional working women, who wondered wheter I'd bury my education and management experience to fold myself into some prescribed First Lady pigeonhold, a place lined with tea leaves and pink linen.

我本科和研究生的时候,经常忙完所有的乱七八糟事情,晚上十点之后开始写作业。因为夜深人静没人打扰,但是太安静我又不喜欢,所以我一般开着ESPN SportsCenter放着,有的时候一个晚上可以看三遍重播。然后发现Obama也有这个习惯!

Most nights of the week, he stayed at his desk until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning, reading memos, rewriting speeches, and respondingt oemail while ESPN played low on the TV.

其实看完书发现obama可以算是个absent father?他的两个女儿小时候他在家的时间并不长,但是physical abscent他都用love补了。

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