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Without democracy, Princeton’s anti-racism promise will remain hollow

The reality is, nothing will be done for the students and campus workers who need change, so long as the venal relic of an antidemocratic administration hoards the University’s assets and the Board of Trustees are compelled by their very job descriptions to relieve anti-racism of whatever fangs it might carry.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
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Law as rhetoric: how anti-racism is being weaponized against itself

Recently, it was announced that the Department of Education would investigate Princeton’s self-admitted propagation of systemic racism. First, even if the DOE fails to push Princeton around, its efforts will send a message to other, less prominent institutions that might one day step out of line, and second, it exemplifies the legalistic mind games that exist as surely at the University as in the Trump administration.

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