President Christopher L. Eisgruber has written to the University community to outline the next steps the University administration will take to address systemic racism at Princeton and beyond ...
My Cabinet colleagues and I began our work early in the summer as people throughout America and around the world protested the cruel and unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks.
As the Cabinet gathered last week to discuss preliminary recommendations, the nation reeled once more after a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back. This outrageous and awful violence has revealed yet again, and with searing intensity, the long, painful, and ongoing existence of anti-Black racism in America. Racial justice demands the scholarly and practical attention of this University.If he really meant that, then he would commission a scholarly examination of how Floyd, Blake, and the others died. No, he does not do that. He is being thoroughly dishonest.
He is taking the side of violent criminals who tried to kill cops.
Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself. For example, Princeton inherits from earlier generations at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only a single, relatively small program in African studies.That would be a about right, if African languages and culture were 1/9 as significant as European. A more accurate figure is about 0.00001%. Hardly anything important has ever come out of Africa. Ancient Egypt accomplished a lot, but I am pretty sure that Princeton's program in African studies is about Black Africa, and not ancient Egypt.
To that end, we will undertake enhanced efforts to expand diversity of the faculty pipeline, and aspire to increase by 50 percent the number of tenured or tenure-track faculty members from underrepresented groups over the next five years.The Princeton math faculty is already 85% foreigners. Hiring underrepresented groups would be hiring American Whites. But of course they will not be doing that.