Princeton stated that racism is “embedded” at the university and that admission triggered an investigation by the Department of Education. Now Princeton is panicking.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Princeton University has responded to a federal civil rights inquiry with a seemingly contradictory claim: Although the university does not discriminate against minorities, it is nonetheless systemically racist.
The Department of Education is investigating whether Princeton violated the Civil Rights Act after the school’s president, Christopher Eisgruber, said that racism remains “embedded” in the university. In response to the department’s inquiry, Princeton claimed that the school does not actively discriminate against minority students and faculty, but also that systemic racism still exists on campus.
“Princeton has long been committed to creating and maintaining a community where all can thrive, and stands by its representations … that is complies with all laws and regulations governing equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and harassment,” the Princeton letter reads. “The university also stands by our statements about the prevalence of systemic racism and our commitment to reckon with its continued effects.”
On Sept. 2, Eisgruber told students and staff that “racist assumptions from the past … remain embedded in structures of the university itself.” Following his statement, the Education Department requested information regarding Princeton’s acceptance and hiring processes to determine whether the university discriminates against minorities. If found in violation of civil rights law, the school would become ineligible for the millions of dollars in federal funding it receives.
Princeton is also claiming that the investigation is punishment for a brave admission about the systemic racism of the nation and the university.