Woodrow Wilson portrait Frank Graham Cootes/Wikimedia Commons

Měli bychom uctívat rasisty?

PRINCETON – Minulý měsíc, během mého kurzu Praktická etika, se několik studentů zvedlo a odešlo. Přidali se ke stovkám dalších v protestu vedeném Black Justice League (BJL), jednou z mnoha studentských skupin, které se po USA vyrojily jako reakce na zastřelení Michaela Browna ve Fergusonu, Missouri v srpnu 2014 a následné policejní zabíjení neozbrojených Afroameričanů.

Později toho dne okupovali členové BJL kancelář prezidenta Princeton University Christophera Eisgrubera a slibovali, že neodejdou, dokud nebudou splněny jejich požadavky. Tyto požadavky zahrnovaly “výcvik v kulturní kompetentnosti“ jak pro akademický, tak neakademický personál; dále podmínku, že studenti budou mít hodiny o historii přehlížených lidí; a také zajištění “místa kulturní podobnosti“ v rámci kampusu, které by bylo věnováno obzvláště afroamerické kultuře.

Požadavek, který si vysloužil celonárodní pozornost, bylo přejmenování Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs a také Wilson College, jedné z rezidentní kolejí školy. V jídelně koleje velké nástěnné malby Wilsona, kterou chce BJL také nechat odstranit. BJL tvrdí, že uctívání Wilsona je urážkou afroamerických studentů, protože Wilson by rasista.

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