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Princeton Removes Greek, Latin Requirement for Classics Majors to Increase Inclusivity | National Review

Quoth the University through Josh Billings, director of undergraduate studies and professor of classics: “We think that having new perspectives in the field will make the field (majoring in Classics) better,” he said. “Having people who come in who might not have studied classics in high school and might not have had a previous exposure to Greek and Latin, we think that having those students in the department will make it a more vibrant intellectual community.”

Studying Greek and or Latin in High School is racist, or maybe White Privilege... in any event Princeton University has eliminated it from studying and majoring in the Classics. That would be like eliminating biology from pre-Med because some rural or inner-city schools don't teach enough science.

When asked to elaborate on the "Systemic Racism" inherent in the Classics, Billings pointed out the numerous sins of this particular major:

  • The building housing their department is named after Moses Taylor Pyne, who made his money in Cuban sugar plantations - plantations run with slaves.

  • A statue of John Witherspoon - a Reverend - stands in the building. Witherspoon was an 18th Century President of Princeton and owned slaves. His statue features a book entitled "Cicero".

  • Roman inscriptions (looted from Europe) that occupy a spot in the Library were paid for by wealth generated by slave labor.

Josh forgot to mention that super-racist Woodrow Wilson left the Presidency of Princeton to become POTUS and showed "Birth of a Nation" in the White House.

None of the things this Ivory Tower Twit mentions are actually indicative of Greeks & Romans being racists or encouraging racism - just the long sordid history of Princeton as such. They haven't defenestrated Witherspoon's statue or given back the ancient Roman artwork or torn down their building yet (renaming it is not sufficient penance, it must be destroyed brick-by-slave-labor-bought-brick), so how serious are they? C'mon, Josh - get busy wrecking stuff!

Trump basically echoed Cicero, however, who quipped: "The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." So maybe Cicero was racist after all... For his part, every sculpture of Cicero seems to convey a "WTF are you talking about?!" expression.

By "more vibrant intellectual community" he means one with lowered standards, which will certainly make it more interesting - like people watching at Walmart on the first of the month.

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