So, you think you’re racist?
Across the nation, it seems like university, business and political leaders are anxious to tell the world how racist their institution is and how everyone needs to address “systemic” racism by doing something. But they never get around to explaining the “something.” And they don’t identify the policies that make their institution racist in the first place.
Instead, they look at unequal outcomes and claim that there must be racism or else everyone in society would succeed, and fail, in the same percentage as their race in society.
Apparently the Trump administration has had enough.
On September 2, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber wrote a letter to the community claiming that the nation remains racist and Princeton remains racist even though the university has worked on diversity and inclusion for 50 years.
“Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society, sometimes by conscious intention but more often through unexamined assumptions and stereotypes, ignorance or insensitivity, and the systemic legacy of past decisions and policies.”
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education Robert King wrote in his letter to Princeton:
“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false.”
In other words, if you’re going to tell the world that you’re racist as some way of showing how sensitive you are, then prove it.
The Department gave Princeton 21 days to answer three questions: Within the last five years, how many individuals were discriminated against based on race? How many public non-discrimination representations did the school make? How many equal opportunity representations did the school make?
If the school discriminated while making claims that it wasn’t, then it has a problem.
The obvious reason for the inquiry is to call out Princeton’s president for essentially saying “everything about the nation is racist” and make him prove it, starting with this own university, instead of hiding behind the term “systemic racism” without pointing to specific policies that divide the country.