From: W. Rochelle Calhoun [rochelle.calhoun@PRINCETON.EDU]Normally I'd just let this slide as just crazy talk (sort of like two spaces after a period). But sometimes you gotta call sh*t out. For shame. Those "who have lost their lives at the hands of the police" should not be compared to victims of suicide bombers and innocents killed on a dance floor.
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 2:44 PM
Subject: Letter from Vice President Calhoun and Deans Dolan and Kulkarni
Dear Princeton Students,
Within the past few days, we have been faced with the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile in St. Paul, and the deaths of five police officers after a peaceful protest rally in Dallas. Last month, we grieved the deaths of those mostly LGBT and Latino/a/x people slaughtered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We’ve also read about suicide bombings in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed too many innocent people, as these incidents always do.
Grave injustices continuously plague our communities of color at the hands of law enforcement. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile will now be counted among the 509 people who have lost their lives at the hands of the police in 2016. The 49 people who died at the Pulse in Orlando join the countless people targeted because of their sexuality, race, or ethnicity. The bombings in Bangladesh and around the world exemplify the use of terror to assert hegemony.
We must be willing to confront global and national hatred head on. As Angela Davis, who spoke on our campus last spring, said, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
We intend to use all of our intellectual and emotional campus resources to address the violence in global culture and to consider how we might act against social injustice and hatred. We also hope you will work in solidarity with your own communities to speak out against injustice of all kinds.
Most of you are away from campus this summer. But we want to remind you that we will continue to engage, educate, and empower our Princeton community to confront racial, gendered, ethnic, religious, and all systematic cycles of oppression.
W. Rochelle Calhoun, Vice President for Campus Life
Jill Dolan, Dean of the College
Sanjeev Kulkarni, Dean of the Graduate Students
Let's take three of the 532 (at the time of this writing) killed by police, apparent victims of "systematic cycles of oppression."
A 19-year-old Hispanic man armed with a gun, was shot on March 24, 2016, in Pueblo of Laguna, N.M. A Laguna police officer was investigating a stolen car outside a casino. When the officer confronted the car's two occupants, gunfire was exchanged. The officer was shot, and Sandoval was killed.How does "global and national hatred" fit into this shooting?
Or Rakeem Bentley:
A 24-year-old black man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 15, 2016, in Southfield, Mich. An FBI task force was conducting an undercover operation at a hotel. Bentley, a fugitive from Kentucky, exchanged gunfire with an officer. Bentley shot the officer, who was wearing body armor, in the chest.Was this "a grave injustice" against "our communities of color at the hands of law enforcement? What part would you change, exactly?
Or Tristan Vilters:
A 24-year-old white man armed with a gun, was shot on June 30, 2016, in Park County, Colo. Park County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance. Vilters had shot and killed his brother. When deputies arrived, he began shooting at them, injuring one.Sometimes people need to be shot. That's part of the reason we have police.
No cop goes to work hoping to shoot somebody. Certain not any one of the six graduated-from-Princeton police officers I've spoken to. These men and women, unlike most investment bankers or management consultants, got a good education and manage to live up to the university's motto of "In the Nation's Service."