For years Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Dominican-born classics teacher at Princeton, has spoken openly about the harm done by practitioners of the discipline in the two millennia since antiquity – the classic justifications for slavery. , racial science, colonialism, Nazism and other 20th century fascisms.
He thinks the classics are so entangled with white supremacy that they are inseparable from it.
Today on The Sunday Read, how Dr. Padilla is trying to change the way the subject is taught.
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