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    Princeton Trying to Walk Back Self-Accused Racism Following Federal Investigation

    Princeton Trying to Walk Back Self-Accused Racism Following Federal Investigation

    “simultaneously claims it’s racist — but also not racist”
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    We covered the investigation in an earlier post. It’s funny to watch the school’s attempt to backtrack on this.

    The College Fix reports:

    In wake of Ed Dept. probe, Princeton denies it’s racist after it said it’s racist

    Have you heard about the emerging claim among progressive scholars that 2+2 can equal 5?

    That’s the same kind of logic currently being applied by Princeton University leadership as it simultaneously claims it’s racist — but also not racist.

    Over the summer, students, faculty and alumni decried the private Ivy League institution as a hotbed of racism, from the systemic kind, to garden-variety microaggressions, to hiring, funding and policy decisions.

    “At this moment of massive global uprising in the name of racial justice, we the faculty—Black, Latinx, Asian, and members of all communities of color along with our white colleagues—call upon the University to take immediate concrete and material steps to openly and publicly acknowledge the way that anti-Black racism, and racism of any stripe, continue to thrive on its campus,” stated a July 4 demand letter from Princeton faculty.

    In response, on September 2, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber complied.

    He declared in an open letter to the campus community that racism is very much still embedded in the Ivy League institution…

    With that, in mid-September the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation into the university, because the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimination based on race. If Princeton is racist, it is ineligible for federal funding.

    In response, the university put out a statement that it “stands by its representations to the Department and the public that it complies with all laws and regulations governing equal opportunity, non-discrimination and harassment.”

    Next the statement walks back the part where Eisgruber previously talked about systemic racism on campus, and adds language about the grander systemic racism problem in America as a whole.

    “The University also stands by our statements about the prevalence of systemic racism and our commitment to reckon with its continued effects, including the racial injustice and race-based inequities that persist throughout American society,” it states.

    It concludes by defending its original narrative in much more muted and generalized terminology. Gone are the declarations that Princeton itself is a hotbed of systemic racism.


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    Blaming it on society at large is not ‘walking it back’; it’s monumental blame-shifting. The accusation of racism leveled by the faculty included micro-aggression, hiring, funding, and policy decisions. These are Princeton in-house, not society at large. The University President is not only a fool, but a coward as well.

      Milhouse in reply to ss396. | September 30, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      As Paul Mirengoff, for whom cases like this were his bread and butter, it won’t work. According to its recent admission the university itself has discriminated against black students and employees; according to its statements under oath it has not. One of these must be false.

      DSHornet in reply to ss396. | October 3, 2020 at 10:08 am

      But, but, but … he did it too!

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