Princeton’s Free Speech Class Canceled After Prof Uses the ‘N-Word’, Student Shouts ‘F-You!’

Students at Princeton University got a fresh lesson in how speech rules work on today’s campus. 

On February 12, Professor Lawrence Rosen sent an email to students letting them know his course, “Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography” was being “reluctantly” canceled, reports The Weekly Standard

The cancelation comes in the wake of a controversy last week, when the professor used the n-word in his class on freedom of expression, causing some students to walk out. 

During one such interaction, students recall near-physical altercations with the professor. 

Reports the Weekly Standard

One student in the class tells TWS that he believes the course’s cancelling may have had something to do with an interaction that happened “about halfway through the first seminar.” A male student of color stood up, inches from professor Rosen’s face and shouted “FUCK YOU,” this witness claimed. Just before that, a female student of color had shouted at Rosen, as the first was approaching, “do you feel safe right now.” “There was no physical contact,” this witness claims, though at the time the student feared there might be. During that class, “nobody except Rosen defended Rosen,” the student told me. Another student in the class confirmed this account to TWS.

In an op-ed in Princeton’s student newspaper, one contributor recounted the situation which led to Rosen using the n-word, seemingly in asking students if words or violence is worse. 

According to reports of the incident, Rosen asked students in his course, ANT 212: Cultural Freedoms — Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography, this question on the first day of class: “What is worse, a white man punching a black man, or a white man calling a black man a n****r?”

After Rosen repeated the term in subsequent discussion, students were visibly uncomfortable. “So are you just going to keep using the N-word?” one asked.

“Yes, if I think it’s necessary,” Rosen replied. 

From there, Rosen made headlines and reports indicate his office was plagued by complaints and harassment. In his email to students, obtained by the Weekly Standard, he did not indicate any specifics as to why the free speech class was being canceled. He instead encouraged students to move on to other courses this semester and “to listen, to converse, to grapple with the categories by which we create our own experiences.” 

Princeton’s Office of Communications told The Weekly Standard that the course’s cancelation “was Professor Rosen’s decision, and there was no pressure from the University.”



  1. Wil G.

    February 13, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    It really just shows you how immature, foolish, and unprepared these college students really are. If they can’t handle a class (that they signed up for) that is literally called “Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography” and if they thought that in the class they would not hear terms of hate speech, then they have no business being in college.

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  3. Steve O

    February 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I got a hold of his first draft.

    “This obviously isn’t going to work, and we’re all better off if I pull the plug early. I’ll leave the materials available. Some of you may benefit, but I know that some of you just won’t get it. I’ve enjoyed knowing many of you. Others of you are immature pricks who can’t distinguish between uses of the N-word as an offensive slur of oppression from uses that are academic in nature for purposes for teaching.

    So you can all suck it. I don’t have to take this sh–.”

  4. Craig

    February 14, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Rosen’s mistake was believing that red pilled students would take an anthropology course.

  5. Dante Alighieri

    February 14, 2018 at 8:04 am

    How can you study the contemptuous use of the word nigger if you aren’t allowed to write it or say it?

    It’s like a medical student who is offended at seeing a corpse during an autopsy. Studying a corpse isn’t an advocacy of death. It kinda reminds me of some orthodox Jews who are forbidden from saying or writing the word God. So they write it G-d. (How do you pronounce the word G-d anyways.)

    (African-Americans who casually use the word in everyday conversation (or rap) aren’t exactly helping matters either.)

  6. Dziekański

    February 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Ciekawy post, ogólnie to ma sens, jednakże w kilku aspektach bym polemizowała.

    Na pewno Twój blog może liczyć na uznanie.
    Myślę, że tu jeszcze wpadnę.

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