Princeton Students Harrass Black Woman Prof, Bloggers Issue Call to Action
Many thanks to Hagar’s Daughter for calling my attention to this disturbing case of racial harrassment, and for referring all of her concerned readers to the action alert at Black Women, Blow the Trumpet! This blog describes the issues raised by this case, and suggests some immediate steps we can take to support the woman at the center of this unwarranted attack, Dr. Yolanda Pierce. Dr. Pierce is the Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a Princeton alum.
Yesterday, I was outraged to learn that a respected scholar and clergywoman, Dr. Yolanda Pierce, was targeted by unnamed students at Princeton Theological Seminary with vile, vicious and demeaning “satire” in a newsletter titled The Foreskin several days ago. This newsletter was circulated all over campus. The distributors and authors were operating under the cloak of anonymity.
From what I have learned (so far), only two of the students came forward and apologized. I suspect that those two did not act alone.
We will not permit black women to stand alone against racism, misogyny, sexism or classism in the Academy, while university officials coddle, protect and pat on the head the students (or faculty) who attempt to attack the credibility of black scholars who have spent decades earning national and international respect.
A call to action by Rev Lisa at Black Women, Blow The Trumpet! ask that we telephone and/or email these university administrators to demand that Princeton Theological Seminary follow its policy in dealing with this hate crime. It matters not if black students were involved, each of them must be held accountable. It matters not if we haven’t seen the flier personally. Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell discusses it with Dr. Yolanda Pierce on their blog.Nancy Lammers Gross, Dean of Student LifePrinceton Theological Seminary210 Templeton HallPrinceton, NJ 08542Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 609-497-7880
Iain R. Torrance, PresidentPrinceton Theological Seminary132 Administration BuildingPrinceton, NJ 08542Email: email@example.comPhone: 609-497-7800