Excerpt: Princeton University required all incoming freshmen to watch an hour-long video that likened personal denials of racism to segregation, urged the students and university to do more for “undocumented immigrants,” and warned that those who protested the 2020 presidential election bear some resemblance to Confederates.
The purpose of the video was to grapple with “systemic racism and Princeton University,” according to the video’s subtitle. It was organized as a commentary on a “virtual gallery” detailing racism at the Ivy League university with chapters on “Activism and Intersectionality”; “Race and Free Speech”; “Anti-Racism Resources and Actions”; and “Visions for a More Just World.”
The reactions at Princeton to the mandatory orientation video have been mixed. Edward Yingling, secretary-treasurer of Princetonians for Free Speech, and Stuart Taylor Jr., president of Princetonians for Free Speech, wrote in RealClearPolitics that the orientation taught new students “that protecting free speech is bad because it allows what partisans call ‘hate speech.’The gallery and video must have left impressionable new students thinking that Princeton is a hateful and evil place.”