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A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Imani Perry from the Black Justice League

A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Imani Perry from the Black Justice League

We denounce those who vilify Professor Perry and seek to invalidate her experiences. We are enraged about the structures, policies, and practices that make her experience—and that of countless Black people—possible. And we are proud to stand with Professor Imani Perry.

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Why Princeton’s Civil War Memorial Should Identify Soldiers’ Allegiances

Why Princeton’s Civil War Memorial Should Identify Soldiers’ Allegiances

In the foyer of Nassau Hall, Princeton University’s oldest building, there are memorials to the alumni who died in America’s various wars. One panel commemorates the dead of the Civil War. 70 names are inscribed on this panel; 36 Confederates and 34 Yankees, in no particular order. The wall is about 75 feet from the president’s office.

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Evaluating Historical Legacy

Evaluating Historical Legacy

The correct way to evaluate these historical figures is to appraise the lasting social, political, and economic effects of their actions. If an individual’s actions produced lasting social and political harm, like Wilson’s did for African-Americans in the twentieth century, that individual’s legacy is not worth preserving.

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How Student Protest Makes Power Visible

How Student Protest Makes Power Visible

It is yet to be seen whether the BJL’s demands will be met, and whether the sit-in will have achieved actual institutional change at Princeton. What is clear is that the movement has been more successful than any other in Princeton’s recent history at garnering attention, spurring debate, and forcing the administration to react on protestors’ terms. By watching the rippling effects of the sit-in at Princeton, we all learn more about how the University conceptualizes the agency of its students and understands its own ability to change.

Black Justice League Demands, Addressed to President Eisgruber and Princeton University Staff

Black Justice League Demands, Addressed to President Eisgruber and Princeton University Staff

We have gathered here today to outline our demands for this administration so that it may be held accountable in improving the social and academic experiences of its black students at Princeton. There is no pride in being the number one university in the country when for its students of color and marginalized communities, Princeton very rarely leads but often follows.

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On Selective Concern for Free Speech

On Selective Concern for Free Speech

The black students protesting at Yale and Mizzou aren’t threatening anyone’s freedom of speech. And the selective, sudden concern for free speech exposes the racism of those who respond to black students’ pain with complaints about political correctness.

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A Year of Activism

A Year of Activism

Members of student activist groups–some that formed this year, others that existed for years be- fore–describe the ways in which they have challenged existing discourses and policies this year. Their methods are as disparate as their concerns, but taken together they represent a rediscovered conception of how to be a socially conscious and politically active Princetonian.

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Confusing Ubiquity for Power

Confusing Ubiquity for Power

Culture and discourse can be useful fronts in political battle, but without a theory of change that includes how to take power, or at least make significant and binding demands of it, what happens on the cultural and discursive fronts guarantees nothing.

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Activism and Form: A Critique

Activism and Form: A Critique

Currently, we may be in possession of something that resembles political capital; what will we do with it? Perhaps we will be able to cash out on body cameras for police officers; perhaps we aren’t rich enough for that right now. Regardless of what policy changes catch on or don’t, I think that we would be wise to pay particular attention to form.