A letter from
an alumnus about the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
November 16, 2002
I am astonished by one of the articles
that appeared in your recent issue (Notebook, November 20). In it, you
announce the results of poll taken by the Journal of Blacks in Higher
Education. Apparently, Princeton scored quite well.
I find it amazing that you would quote this journal as a source of anything.
My impression is that it is a racist, old-fashioned, one-sided magazine
that tries to parade as a representative of all American "blacks."
One would be hard-pressed to come up with a magazine that is more hateful
and ideological that PAW would be willing to quote as an authority in
its pages. Would you, for instance, reveal the results of a National
Review or American Spectator ranking of America's colleges
that did not take such a sanguine view of Princeton?
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has been evaluating
colleges for years. I have not yet seen a reference to its findings in
any issue of PAW. Of course, the National Review, the Weekly
Standard, and the ISI are far more even-handed, fair, and balanced
than anything that has been produced by the editors of the Journal
of Blacks in Higher Education.
Why, then, do you pay heed to such a biased organization? How in any way
does Princeton benefit from its imprimatur?