Opinion & Analysis

  • [Opinion] We Really Still Need Howard Zinn

    Monday, Jan 13, 2020
    Howard Zinn wrote one of the most popular books on American history ever. A People’s History of the United States has sold an astonishing two million copies since its first publication in 1980. The success of the book can also be measured by the way that it spawned a new genre of “people-centered” renditions of history. Zinn’s approach to history essentially inverted the traditional approach that placed the rich and powerful, along with the institutions they governed, as the central motors in the development of society. It was history told from above. Alternatively, Zinn championed an approach to history from the bottom up or from the perspective of “the people.”
  • [Opinion] With Wilson installation, Princeton misses the mark

    Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
    by Julia Chaffers

    For the past few years, Princeton has been embroiled in debate about iconography and the representation of history on campus. Chief among these concerns is the presence of Woodrow Wilson in prominent spaces: a residential college and the School of Public and International Affairs. Out of the Black Justice League’s 2015 protests came a committee, and out of the committee came a “marker” called “Double Sights.” 

  • [AAS Podcast] Episode #17: Legacy and Racialized Politics

    Friday, Sep 6, 2019
    by Department of African American Studies
    We sit down with Eddie Glaude Jr. and Julian E. Zelizer, Author, and Professor at Princeton University, to discuss the challenges of balancing and teaching within the academic and public media arena. They then explore the historical cycle of racialized politics displayed by President Donald Trump and its impact within America as we approach the 2020 Elections
  • Being Creative in Black Spaces

    Monday, Jul 1, 2019
    In this Graduate Series Interview, we listen in as Kirk Maynard (moderator), Steven Gayle, and Brandan “BMike” Odums explore contemporary issues from the lens of creatives and artists.
  • Opinion: Openly Gay Fifteen-year Old High Schooler In Alabama Committed Suicide After Facing A Relentless Pattern Of Bullying

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Sadly, Nigel’s light was forced to shine amid the shadow of a queer antagonism that is not reducible to school bullying. In the wake of Nigel’s tragic death a local news station posted a story to Facebook seeking to raise awareness about LGBTQ-based harassment. Local Sheriff Jeff Graves commented on the post with words that are as revealing as they are reprehensible. “Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ movement,” Graves wrote last Sunday. “I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.” he continued.
  • Opinion | Call it racist, President Eisgruber

    Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019

    Editor’s Note: This article represents the views and opinions of the author only and does not necessarily represent the views of The Daily Princetonian. President Eisgruber has answered the questions of Ban the Box campaigners in meetings that the Prince has covered; more information can be found in our coverage of CPUC meetings.

  • Succeeding While Black

    Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019
    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
    Michelle Obama’s new book reduces racial inequality to a matter of psychological impairment that can be overcome through grit and grin. This is a dangerous proposition.
  • Opinion | No More Charlottesvilles

    Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The most important struggle in the US today is stopping the growth of the racist right-wing.

    The white supremacist rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia was the predictable outcome of the Republican Party’s racist agenda and Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency. 

    The racist violence of the Right has been unshackled by Trump’s election. White racists have not just been emboldened by President Trump, they have also been encouraged by the Trump administration’s silence amid the dramatic growth of white supremacist organizations and violent racist attacks.

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