At this point, I find myself waiting for the next instance of aggressive, malicious assault on the black community in the Princeton Public School System and no longer being surprised when it occurs because it is clearly an intrinsic component of our culture.
Here, a black student at John Witherspoon Middle School questions his classmate as to why he was blamed for the sale and distribution of pot-brownies when he was completely uninvolved. The excuse offered? Black kids’ guilt will not be questioned. Their involvement will be accepted and believed by the administration without question.
Once again, students in Princeton have proven that they are well seasoned in the art of being shamefully racist. So much so, that we’ve moved from trying to hide our bigotry to flaunting it directly in the face of our black peers. There is no fear in the blatant display of prejudice. The black community is the official scapegoat of Princeton and the time for pretending as though these incidents are isolated has passed.
It deeply saddens and infuriates me to watch my peers display their dangerous and isolating mindsets which are mirrored not only in the executive office of the United States but also in their nuclear communities. Kids aren’t born thinking that the black kid in their class must be a drug dealer. It’s the parents, the media, the education- or lack thereof- and the community’s refusal to address it for the problem that it is.
Princeton, listen to me, we have a race problem.
As I prepare to depart this town that I love so much, I fear for her future. Something must change. We need to start protecting our children as opposed to tolerating racially fueled harassment and defamation. When I am no longer here to scream from the rafters about the injustices plaguing our community, who will? These problems will not depart with me. They will continue to destroy us unless there is a valiant effort made to alleviate the venomous force that is racism in Princeton. Things do not just go away because you choose not to address them.
You want to know what do do about it? Perhaps we should start asking questions and attempting to reteach our student bodies. Perhaps we should stop blindly accepting random accusations and forming conclusions based in nothing but fear and prejudiced. Perhaps, we should think about the fact that this student blamed the black kid first, because he already knew how Princeton would handle it: no questions asked.