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Princeton librarian thinks it’s her job to act as campus speech police

Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, the librarian at Princeton University, apparently believes it is her duty to “silence” those who think “microaggressions” aren’t a real thing.

As reported by Heat Street, in a correspondence with Cynthia Orozco, her counterpart at Cal State-Long Beach, Arroyo-Ramirez wrote “FUCK THEM HATERS! trolls gonna troll. It is our job to silence them with the strength of our voices.” This was in response to Orozco noting there were skeptics among the crowd at a speech of hers on microaggressions.

Arroyo-Ramirez’s Twitter account bio describes the librarian as a “practicing archivist at the intersections of the analog and digital, queerness, latinxness, anti-oppressiveness.” Her account is now “protected” from all but confirmed followers.

From the article:

John Cramer, a spokesman for Princeton, says, “This Princeton employee, who was using her personal email, was not speaking on behalf of the University, which recently affirmed its commitment to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression as essential to the University’s educational mission.”

Shorter version: Silencing those who dissent from the prevailing social justice warrior ideology is actually not Arroyo-Ramirez’s job. But she has used her Princeton position to publicize her ideas about social justice and microaggressions.

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Arroyo-Ramirez recently presented at a meeting for archivists hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, claiming that many search and catalog systems currently classify and arrange content “in ways that further marginalizes work by and about people of color, queer people, indigenous peoples, and others who don’t fit neatly into a classification system that sets the default as western, white, straight and male.”

As an example, Arroyo-Ramirez asked about the anti-Latino nature of computer file names and characters: “Why were the Spanish-language diacritic glyphs confounded with “illegal characters” in file and folder titles such as ? < > : * | “ ^?”

Read the full Heat Street article.

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