TRENTON, N. J. – A Princeton University professor has canceled a course on cultural freedoms and hate speech after his use of a racial slur in a teaching exercise led some students to walk out.
Colleagues say Emeritus Professor Lawrence Rosen has often used the slur during lectures on free speech. They say this is the first time that he got a negative response from the students.
A small group of students who ran out of Rosen’s anthropology class on Feb. 6 after he used the slur three times.
He refused a request from some of the students to apologize, and argued with at least one student. Two students later filed a complaint.
The university, in a statement defending Rosen fact that the “values of free speech and integration are central” to the school, the mission and “criticism of the education that we offer.”