Not In Our Town Princeton

Category: Opinion


The legacy of white men

Princeton University sophomore, Siyang Liu, urges changes in representation in campus buildings in her October 18 opinion piece in the Princetonian.  “Our student body is far more diverse today than it has ever been before, and building names should reflect…

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Harvard and the Myth of the Interchangeable Asian

In light of the lawsuit challenging Harvard’s affirmative action policies, claiming that the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants, novelist Lisa Ko notes that “the model-minority myth [has been] leveraged by both whites and Asians to justify racism against blacks and…

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Kaepernick’s Knee and Olympic Fists Are Linked by History

In the same week that Nike released a new ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick and some offended fans burned their Nike gear, Jeré Longman’s essay draws a parallel between the raised fists of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during…

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Aretha Franklin—Musical Genius, Truth Teller, Freedom Fighter

Accolades have been pouring forth since the announcement of Aretha Franklin’s death on August 16, 2018.   Farah Jasmine Griffin wrote in The Nation about Franklin’s support for Angela Davis, when she was arrested in 1970.  She also wrote the following: “This…

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Grewal is not alone. I’m a Muslim woman who has fought hate groups. Here’s what you can do

Afsheen Shamsi’s guest column in the Star Ledger (July 30, 2018) addresses the racist commentary by radio hosts about New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.  A former Not in Our Town Princeton board member and current member of the…

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