“Unpleasant social encounters resulting from white privileges and preferences became a boot camp for survival,” said an African American, Robert J. Rivers, who grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton University in 1953. Many would say that “unpleasant social encounters” never happen today, but I’ll bet most of those deniers are white.

Read about the speech given by Rivers in 2008. It will be fodder for the last in the series of Continuing Conversations on Race for this season, set for Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library, entitled Tongue Tied: Rehearse What to Say. Hope to see you there.