My rebuke to Princeton University regarding its recent policy change
Thanks for the message that shows you do care about the university, the country and the race related issues.
However, caring itself may not be enough, and may be harmful if your diagnose and solutions are wrong.
Furthermore, I don't think you have the authority to do the many things you mentioned here, such as hiring policy change and program changes.
Although the recent incidents related to Black communities are indeed tragedies, but each one of them also involves the non obedient behaviors from the individuals toward policemen. Therefore, at the same time that we address excessive violence from policemen, we should also ask how the individuals can obey the laws that are so important for this country to remain as the biggest democracy in the world.
These incidents, and the racial tension and racial undercurrents that they revealed and led to, have complicated causes and not a simple answer. If we have to simplify it, we can only say the country is divided in opinion. If it is divided, I'm not clear why you can act upon one side of opinion only.
You mentioned that you have asked alumni for thoughts. Could you please share the responses you got?
You mentioned that "Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself. For example, Princeton inherits from earlier generations at least nine departments and programs organized around European languages and culture, but only a single, relatively small program in African studies." I have to say this has nothing to do with racism, there is a good and obvious reason for having more programs that organized around European languages and culture, it is because modern civilization has been mostly developed by European countries, being it the Christian idea, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and those from the US that is English speaking and carries more of European heritage, including the independence of America from the British, the US Constitution. There are also other European ideas that are not so consistent with or even against the American value, such as Marxism.
Therefore, should we address an issue by improving the proven better than others system or establishing a new and somewhat proven inferior system?
Particularly I'm alarmed by your multiple steps including "Assemble a faculty that more closely reflects both the diverse makeup of the students we educate and the national pool of candidates", These biased actions would only intrude academic freedom and lead to more and more control that are against traditional American value. Eventually it will lead to a society like that described by George Orwell in his book "1984".
In conclusion, I think what you and your cabinet are doing are not with the full support of alumni, not democratic, and even rude. We want you to stop and gather alumni's support first. I will organize a force that will scrutinize what you are doing.