Con­ser­va­tive: Prince­ton Mis­in­ter­prets Its Own His­tory

New York Post - - POST OPINION -

Today’s uni­ver­si­ties “have be­come in­tel­lec­tual black holes —dead stars which no longer ra­di­ate light but in­stead suck en­light­en­ment into dark­ness by the ir­re­sistible grav­i­ta­tional pull of their col­lapse,” laments City Jour­nal’s My­ron Mag­net. So it’s “lit­tle won­der” that Prince­ton is dis­play­ing “mil­i­tant ig­no­rance” of its past ties to slav­ery. Yes, he notes, the univer­sity’s first six pres­i­dents owned slaves. But they in­cluded the Rev. John Wither­spoon, “who brought to these shores the Scot­tish En­light­en­ment that . . . bris­tled with a be­lief in in­de­pen­dence of thought and con­science and rad­i­cal repub­li­can­ism.” And he im­parted those be­liefs to his fa­vorite pupil, James Madi­son, who went on to give us the Con­sti­tu­tion and the Bill of Rights. Prince­ton, like every­one else, should “stop pre­tend­ing that by air­brush­ing the past, Soviet-style, we can change present re­al­ity.”

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