Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

U.S. Department Of Education Launches Civil Rights Investigation Following President's Admission Of Racism At Princeton

Chronicle of Higher Education, Princeton Acknowledged ‘Embedded’ Racism. The Education Dept. Says That’s Grounds for an Investigation:

PrincetonThe U.S. Education Department is investigating Princeton University for a possible violation of federal civil-rights law after the university’s president made public comments acknowledging systemic and embedded racism at the institution.

Department officials expressed concern in a letter to the university, dated September 16, that Princeton, “based on its admitted racism,” was not compliant with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits institutions that practice racial discrimination from receiving federal funds. Noting that Princeton had received “well over $75 million” in federal support since 2013, the letter stated that the university’s prior nondiscrimination and equal-opportunity assurances “may have been false.”

In this case, the “admitted racism” was an open letter that Princeton’s president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, sent to the Princeton community earlier this month. In the message, Eisgruber outlined steps his administration planned to take “to address systemic racism at Princeton and beyond.”

Eisgruber’s remarks followed a summer of activism over the university’s racial climate, which were punctuated by a July letter in which about 350 professors and graduate students demanded sweeping policy changes, asserting that “anti-Black racism has a visible bearing upon Princeton’s campus makeup and its hiring practices.”

In his letter, Eisgruber referred to a “painful” and “promising” national reckoning with racism that had resonated at his university. “Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society,” he wrote, “sometimes by conscious intention but more often through unexamined assumptions and stereotypes, ignorance or insensitivity, and the systemic legacy of past decisions and policies.”

“Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself,” he continued, citing the fact that Princeton has “at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only a single, relatively small program in African studies.”

In its letter to the university, the department said it was compelled to act because of the “serious, even shocking nature of Princeton’s admissions” and warned that Secretary Betsy DeVos could try to recover federal funds. ...

[A]s commonplace as such statements from universities have become, one legal expert saw the potential for legal exposure, though he also thought such scrutiny would be limited to Ivy League and other selective institutions. “You have a Department of Education that seemingly never misses an opportunity to step into a culture-war battle,” Scott D. Schneider, a partner with Husch Blackwell, wrote in an email. “And this one is a gem.”

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This is the funniest thing I have read in a while. Words can have consequences.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Sep 22, 2020 8:45:06 AM

DAMMMNNNNN.... that virtue signaling be backfiring badly.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 22, 2020 9:57:29 AM

Rhetoric meets reality

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Sep 23, 2020 2:19:43 AM

Would the resident Unemployed Troll like to preemptively make excuses for yet another racists, leftist institution?

Because its own president just admitted that it engages in "systematic racism", and has since it was founded.

Posted by: MM Classic | Sep 23, 2020 7:32:33 PM

Still waiting for MM to justify the thirty years the right was completely fine with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights investigation that found Harvard discriminated against Asian-American applicants in favor of underqualified white legacies and recruited athletes. Apparently that's anti-Asian-American discrimination is only bad when it can be used as an attack against affirmative action; when it is for the benefit of underqualified, wealthy white applicants, it's fine. And of course you can tell how much the right cares about this issue by their constant conflation of "Asian-American" and "Asian," which are two different groups of people.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 24, 2020 10:19:20 AM

UT: "white legacies and recruited athletes"

Again and again and again, our resident Unemployed Troll carries water for admiitedly racist institutions, run by white leftists, today, who are actively engaging in racial discrimination against *protested classes* under federal law.

Legacies and atheletes, which by the way aren't limited to white people, whom he apparently hates with a vengeance, are NO protected classes under federal law.

Keep it up, pal, it's not like you've got any credibility left on the issue of Ivy League racism. Harvard, Yale, and now Princeton, you've got no problem with these racist insitutions.

Posted by: MM Classic | Sep 26, 2020 9:02:37 PM