I write regarding President Eisgruber’s Sept. 2 letter to the Princeton community, in which he described “systemic racism” at the University and made several proposals. 

Mr. Eisgruber has been president of the University for more than seven years. Before that, he was provost for nine. He bears more responsibility for the University’s present circumstances than anyone. If he truly believes Princeton today is a racist institution, he should resign. If he does not believe it, then he should stop saying it and thereby impugning the many people who have contributed their lives and talents to the institution. 

In a time when American public life is saturated with lies and words have lost their usual meaning, Princeton’s leadership should be distinguished for its honesty, not its pandering to slogans that sow resentment and division.

Daniel Kearney ’96
Chevy Chase, Md.