Princetonian Tries to Strangle Racism, Bites Tongue Instead

+ More

The latest incident of college students trying to be funny and ending up looking racist takes place at Princeton. As part of the paper's annual joke issue, Wednesday's Daily Princetonian ran a satirical story mocking the federal bias complaint Yale University student Jian Li filed against Princeton last fall, in which he argued that his race unfairly influenced the university's admission decision (he was rejected). "Hi Princeton! Remember me? I so good at math and science. Perfect 2400 SAT score. Ring bells?" the story begins.

The paper has now posted an apology--well, sort of: "We sincerely regret having upset some of our readers," writes Editor-in-Chief Chanakya Sethi. "Many criticisms of the column, however, do not recognize its purpose. . . . We embraced racist language in order to strangle it. Nevertheless, some Princeton students are offended."