Princeton Parody Goes Too Far

Princeton's Sethi
Sethi (New York Times)

“Hi Princeton! Remember me? I so good at math and science. Perfect 2400 SAT score. Ring bells? Just in cases, let me refresh your memories. I the super smart Asian. Princeton the super dumb college, not accept me.”

So begins a recent editorial in The Daily Princetonian’s annual parody issue.

“What is wrong with you no color people?” it continues. “Yellow people make the world go round. We cook greasy food, wash your clothes and let you copy our homework.”

The column presumably pokes fun at Jian Li, the Asian American man who, upon being denied admission to the school last year, filed a civil rights complaint against Princeton.

But many members of the campus community aren’t laughing.

Chanakya Sethi, editor-in-chief of the paper, said his intention was to spark a dialogue on race. “Obviously that’s happened,” says Princeton senior Belda Chan. “But hate crimes spark dialogue too, and that doesn’t mean they are good things and that we approve of them and that they will help in the long run.”

About thirteen percent of Princeton’s undergraduate population is Asian American.

The paper’s editors have recently released a statement addressing the community’s concerns. Go here to read it.

January 25, 2007
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