Category Archives: race

What’s Wrong With the Princeton Faculty Letter?


The following is a special guest post by philosopher Neera K. Badhwar. What’s Wrong? is grateful to Professor Badhwar for her contribution.

Princeton Faculty Demand Censorship

“Anti-Blackness is foundational to America. It plays a role in where we live and where we are welcome. It influences the level of healthcare we receive. It determines the degree of risk we are assumed to pose in contexts from retail to lending and beyond. It informs the expectations and tactics of law-enforcement. Anti-Black racism has hamstrung our political process. It is rampant in even our most “progressive” communities. And it plays a powerful role at institutions like Princeton, despite declared values of diversity and inclusion.”

So begins a letter dated July 4th, 2020 to the administration signed by over 350 faculty members from the hard sciences, math, humanities, and social sciences at Princeton University. It proposes various measures to combat racism, including a committee to address discrimination in the classroom “in line with student demands”. It encourages anti-racist student activism and asks for “a formal public University apology to the members of the Black Justice League and their allies”. The letter also proposes not allowing departments to hire anyone if they can’t show “a concerted effort” to hire faculty of color. Continue reading

What’s Wrong With Punishing Racist Research?


Philosopher Elizabeth Harman has a short piece here.

Eating Meat and Racial Injustice

A nice, short piece by philosopher C.E. Abbate here.

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves?


Story here.

What’s Wrong With Apu?

Screenshot 2017-12-03 10.47.57Official trailer for a new documentary is here.

“a white writer should not have tackled this story, and neither should a white character be the center of it.”


Story about the controversy surrounding a not-yet-published Young Adult novel is here.


“When Black Children Are Targeted for Punishment”


Op-Ed here.


“Affirmative Action as Reparations”


Commentary here.

Peter Singer on Violent Responses to Racism

Violent Clashes Erupt at "Unite The Right" Rally In Charlottesville

Singer’s commentary is here.

“Three Cheers for Cultural Appropriation”


Provocative op-ed here from today’s New York Times.