For the second time this year, white supremacist flyers have appeared at Princeton University. It is unclear who’s responsible for posting the flyers, which were spotted on the New Jersey campus Monday, but they came in two varieties: the first, a personal attack against a Jewish resident of the city of Princeton; the second, an advertisement for a fake course at the university called, “Introduction to White Studies: White Guilt and Reparations.”
The personal attack, titled “The Truth About ‘White Privilege’ and Jewish Supremacy,” targets Linda Oppenheim. According to Forward, Oppenheim has worked on racial and justice issues in Princeton and has specifically promoted more pathways for racial inclusivity within the Jewish community.
Whoever targeted Oppenheim was familiar with her work and sought to discredit her.
The flyer, which the Daily Princetonian showcases in full, appears as one might expect—littered with grammatical errors and lies, like the claim that 70 percent of the sexual predators who have been exposed in recent weeks are Jewish.
And while your [sic] at it Linda, why don’t you tell all your pet negroes about the overwhelming Jewish role in the trans-atlantic slave trade. Also you might want to discuss why Israel is deporting 60,000 black African jews from the Jewish state. Diversity and multi-culturalism is only for America and not the chosen people, Linda?
As the Princetonian notes, the person or people responsible for posting the second poster, advertising the fake Princeton course, appear to be well-acquainted with Princeton-specific academic language and coding.
The fake course advertisement is meant to mock Princeton’s liberal sensibilities. In describing the course, the poster states that it’s time to “examine the oppressor society, to study Whites the way they have studied colonized people for decades.” The flyer lists the course as “YTS 305/WHS 201 (SA),” which is consistent with Princeton’s course coding, and lists homework as “Weekly Blackboard Posts and Weekly Reparations.” (I mean, it honestly doesn’t sound like a terrible course.)
For the past year, racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic flyers have been flooding America’s college campuses. Multiple outlets, including the Washington Post, have reported on white supremacist groups’ “unprecedented effort” (in the words of the Anti-Defamation League) to recruit on college campus.
In a statement from March of this year, Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the ADL, said that “white supremacists have consciously made the decision to focus their recruitment efforts on students.”
While there have been recruitment efforts in the past, Greenblatt noted, “never have we seen anti-Semites and white supremacists so focused on outreach to students on campus.”