BREAKING: 900 sign petition opposing BJL agreement

Authors: ‘Racially segregated housing’ is ‘morally abhorrent and blatantly illegal’

In wake of President Eisgruber’s signed agreement with the Black Justice League Thursday night, a group presumably comprised of Princeton students has created a  petition in opposition of the BJL demands.

The petition, posted by a group that calls itself “Concerned Princetonians,” is entitled, “Protect Plurality, Historical Perspective, and Academic Speech at Princeton.”

Protesters occupied Nassau Haul for nearly 36 hours straight before an agreement was reached

Protesters occupied Nassau Haul for nearly 36 hours straight before an agreement was reached

The document begins by stating its opposition to the BJL’s demands:

“We, the undersigned members of the Princeton University community, appreciate the concerns but oppose the demands of the Black Justice League. We call for increased dialogue and the creation of a process that properly considers the input of all students and faculty, not merely those who are the loudest.”

The authors proceed to outline specific points of contention with certain views held by the BJL.

Most notably, the document asserts that the BJL’s request for affinity housing for those interested in Black culture “represents a morally abhorrent and blatantly illegal call for what is essentially racially segregated housing.”

The petition also refers to the BJL’s demand to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name and mural from campus walls as an “alarming call for historical revisionism [that] seeks to eliminate vindication of a significant historical figure who, despite his flaws, made great contributions to this University.”

Students on either side of the issue have been in constant discussions over Yik Yak this week

Students on either side of the issue have discussed it non-stop via Yik Yak this week

By Saturday, the petition had received over 900 endorsements. It’s unclear how many of those have come from students.

A full transcript of the document is included below:


 

We, the undersigned members of the Princeton University community, appreciate the concerns but oppose the demands of the Black Justice League. We call for increased dialogue and the creation of a process that properly considers the input of all students and faculty, not merely those who are the loudest.

WHEREAS the Black Justice League has condemned Woodrow Wilson’s undeniable racism and demanded that the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs and Wilson College be renamed, 

WHEREAS the Black Justice League has demanded that undergraduates be required to take “classes on the history of marginalized people,”

WHEREAS some members of the Black Justice League have reportedly demanded “affinity housing for people interested in black housing,”

WHEREAS some members of the Black Justice League criticized the university for “focusing on free speech;”

We, the undersigned members of the Princeton University community, affirm the following:

THAT the first of these three demands represents an alarming call for historical revisionism and seeks to eliminate vindication of a significant historical figure who, despite his flaws, made great contributions to this University,

THAT the second of these three demands represents a thinly veiled attempt to impose the Black Justice League’s unilateral narrative upon all undergraduates through the conduit of the core curriculum, 

THAT the third of these three demands represents a morally abhorrent and blatantly illegal call for what is essentially racially segregated housing.

THAT free speech is fundamental to Princeton’s role as an institution of higher learning and excessive political correctness stifles academic discourse.

We, the undersigned members of the Princeton University community, request that the President, Trustees, and Faculty affirm the following:

THAT any steps to purge this campus of its Wilsonian legacy creates a dangerous precedent and slippery slope that will be cited by future students who seek to purge the past of those who fail to live up to modern standards of morality,

THAT a properly enacted “diversity requirement” should allow students to study a non-American culture or American minority of their choice—not merely those who have been deemed marginalized by the Black Justice League—and will be accompanied by a required course in Western or American civilization in order to better enable cross-cultural understanding,

THAT racially based housing creates segregation and is thus anathematic not only to the University’s purported goal of promoting a diverse student body but also to the core values of American society.

THAT this University maintains its commitment to free speech and open dialogue and condemns political correctness to the extent that it infringes upon those fundamental academic values.

 

The petition can be found here.

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