Friday, December 4, 2015
I believe that the reaction of Princeton's president in a recent confrontation with his students was exceedingly weak and contributes nothing to the attainment of a positive outcome.
The demand that President Wilson (Princeton president, US president) be eradicated from all things Princeton is one of the dumbest, most narcissistic, puling behaviors I can imagine. Then President Eisgruber said their demands would be considered.1
These so-called students who are incapable, apparently, of any degree of rational thought cannot grasp the concept that they are privileged far above all but an infinitesimally small percentage of the human race. How many people are admitted to Princeton? How many would like to be?2
The correct response, and I make no apology for this, yet I offer it free to Princeton administrators and the Board, is this: We are a university, an institution of higher learning. Your mother may possibly be the only entity in the world who always takes care not to "hurt your feelings." If you want that kind of consideration, go home to your mother and leave your space here for someone who might appreciate a world-class education, which includes study of and acceptance of historical fact."
Princeton serves slightly more than eight thousand students. It accepts fewer than 7.5 per cent of applicants.
1"We appreciate the willingness of the students to work with us to find a way forward for them, for us and for our community," said university President Christopher Eisgruber. "We were able to assure them that their concerns would be raised and considered through appropriate processes."
2For the academic year 2014-2015 of 26,641 applicants for admission to the freshman class, 1983 were admitted.