Harvard University announced Tuesday that it will uphold its policy banning members of single-gender groups — namely, frats and sororities — from holding leadership positions on campus and from obtaining endorsements for awards like the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, reported The Daily Caller. This latter restriction effectively barring fraternity and sorority members from those scholarships because endorsements are required to obtain them.
Frats and sororities are “a product of another era, a time when Harvard’s student body was all male, culturally homogeneous, and overwhelmingly white and affluent,” said Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust and Harvard Corporation senior fellow William F. Lee.
I love how this is introduced as some sort of rationale. Just because single-gender groups are from an era with different social norms, they must be eradicated. Sure, we apply this to things like slavery, segregation, and male-only suffrage, in which one group of people benefited at the cost of another, but that doesn’t mean we throw every institution from before a certain time period out the window.
This is the same mindset used by cultural Marxists to tear down Confederate statues, plaster Thomas Jefferson with blood or a shroud and sign that says “f*** white supremacy,” and burn a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
I have to give them credit: Harvard makes no secret that this boils down to a difference in principles.
“The tensions between freedom and equality, between the rights of the individual and the welfare of the community have long challenged American society and have been the focus of much of the [unrecognized single-gender social organization] debate,” said Faust and Lee.
“As a professor of history noted in last October’s Faculty meeting, ‘the freedom of association enjoyed by some of our students comes at the cost of excluding the majority of our students from those associations.'”
That’s some serious 20th century collectivism right there. First of all, siding with equality over freedom is code for embracing equal outcome instead of equal opportunity. Second, saying individual rights and community welfare are at odds is simply a straw man. Unlike slavery and other discarded institutions, single-gender groups aren’t state-sanctioned discrimination. Boys like hanging out with boys and girls like hanging out with girls, so they created organizations to facilitate those interactions. But that’s not stopping anyone from setting up co-ed organizations — in fact, there are tons of those!
But I guess we should be grateful Harvard’s still allowing frats and sororities to exist at all. A faculty committee at the school recommended banning the groups entirely back in July.
Whether Harvard penalizes single-gender group membership or bans it entirely, it’s doubtful that social dynamics will change all that much. Students will still form friend groups with those similar to themselves and network with those groups to get jobs and social benefits, those groups just won’t have those strange Greek letters.
Black Frat And Sorority Exempt From Harvard’s Sanctions
Fraternities and sororities at Harvard University have been shutting down and going co-ed because of a new policy that strips students belonging to single-gender groups of their ability to get faculty recommendations for prestigious scholarships and their ability to apply for campus leadership positions. But there are still two single-gender groups that Harvard students can join without getting punished.
Those are sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha and fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, according to The Harvard Crimson. These organizations, while open respectively to women and men of any race, consist largely of black women and men.
Now, here’s the catch: it’s not that Harvard is discriminating in favor of blacks. The school might actually be discriminating against Asians, but that’s something we’ll get to in a moment. No, Harvard told me that the sanctions “are not applicable in this case because the groups are not comprised primarily of Harvard College students.”
You see, the two Greek organizations span multiple colleges. Alpha Kappa Alpha includes Harvard, Wellesley, and MIT students, whereas Alpha Phi Alpha is open to Harvard, Tufts, and MIT students. Still, that doesn’t seem very fair…it should be either everyone gets freedom of association without consequences or no one, right?
But this isn’t the only confusing action that cultural Marxism has caused Harvard to take. As I alluded to earlier, the school rescinded admission offers for ten students who, in a private Facebook group, shared pictures and messages that Harvard deemed offensive. The school’s also in hot water for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants on the basis of their personality.
That case will go to court in less than a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.
Harvard Clamps Down On Free Association
This month, Delta Gamma became the first single-gender group at Harvard to close because of the school’s new rules prohibiting students in single-gender groups from holding office in recognized student groups, receiving Harvard’s endorsement for prestigious accolades like the Rhodes Scholarship, or even captaining varsity athletic teams at the school, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Delta Gamma’s national president Wilma Johnson Wilbanks said:
“We respect the chapter’s decision and understand that the University’s sanctions resulted in an environment in which Delta Gamma could not thrive. We sincerely hope this changes in the future.”
So why penalize students who join single-gender groups in the first place? Well, Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said:
“Harvard College seeks to build a community in which every student can thrive, and it does so on the foundation of a set of shared values including belonging, inclusion, and non-discrimination.”
OK so this is super-ironic coming from Harvard, one of the most discriminatory and exclusionary institutions probably on the face of the planet. And it’s that LACK of inclusion that makes it so distinguished. It wouldn’t exactly be Harvard anymore if they, let’s say, diversified their admission process by picking an equal number of people with 2.0 GPAs as 4.0 GPAs, now would it? Actually, that might be exactly what the school is doing if it is, in fact, discriminating against Asian Americans, which I guess we’ll find out in October.
Listen, frat and sorority members do get access to advantages like exclusive parties and an exclusive networking pool for jobs after college, but this holds for people from any group. You might be able to outlaw meetups featuring the annoying little Greek letters, Harvard, but hopefully, hopefully you and the media, Hollywood, and all of the other progressive institutions won’t be able to stop people with similar interests from coming together.
Harvard Official Apologizes After Affordable Housing Insult
Theresa Lund, executive director of Harvard University’s Humanitarian Institute complained because her children were trying to sleep and the daughter of Alyson Laliberte, a neighboring mother, was apparently making too much noise, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Lund asked whether Laliberte lived in Harvard housing, or an “affordable apartment.”
As long as it’s a public area, there’s really nothing Theresa can do. I think the layout here is probably Harvard housing off to one side, affordable apartments off to another with a common space in between that residents from both areas can use. And to be honest, Theresa, a couple dozen yards isn’t going to make much of a difference.
So after getting called racist by Alyson, the Harvard employee apologized Monday, saying her response was “inappropriate and wrong” and that “This clearly wasn’t my best moment, and I have work to do to more consistently be my best self.”
So if Alyson DID actually live in the cheaper housing, this seems like a case of coastal elites who virtue signal about how much they love the less fortunate to get their votes, but when it comes time to actually live with them? I mean, can you imagine if we actually took in all of those refugees and put a few of them in Theresa’s neighborhood? Something tells me she wouldn’t be too pleased.
But let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture, which is: what the heck is going on with Harvard? Now, if you join a frat or sorority at the school, you will be prohibited from applying for prestigious scholarships and holding leadership positions on campus. The school also requires faculty and students to take an online sexual harassment module because, you know, teaching people how not to rape or make sexist jokes totally works. Looming over all of this, of course, is the possibility that Harvard is discriminating against Asian American applicants. Stay tuned when that lawsuit hits the court in October.
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