Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H.U. Report, 2022)

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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H.U. Report, 2022)

Post by jserraglio » Tue Apr 26, 2022 1:44 pm

Like the very best of its Puritan founders, a great institution reckons with its moral shortcomings in a groundbreaking, eloquent and historic document.

Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery
https://legacyofslavery.harvard.edu/rep ... d-findings

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Re: Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H.U. Report, 2022)

Post by Belle » Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:15 pm

No country which is forever looking backwards can ever progress. You need to stop being anti-modern reactionaries.

See the documentary I posted about the Harvard witch-hunt of a black Professor who rejects the whining, carping, self-serving and hate-fuelled victimhood narrative imposed on them by the good little Germans in authority (and their slaves and groupies) who demand absolute obedience to the ideology - and who see themselves as the new elite.
"Defund the Thought Police" (Dr. Eric Weinstein, 2021).
"Progressives don't like progress" (Professor Steven Pinker).
Leftism; let's find a cure (Belle).
"In the US and Britain today everything is policed except crime" ('Spiked' reader)

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Re: Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H.U. Report, 2022)

Post by jserraglio » Fri Apr 29, 2022 3:37 am

Belle wrote:
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:15 pm
See the documentary I posted about the Harvard witch-hunt of a black Professor
On March 12, I disputed the accuracy of a similar claim you made about this matter.

Since you haven’t answered, I will assume you have conceded the point in favor of unleashing a stream of invective directed at Harvard administrators who simply did their job:
Belle wrote:
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:15 pm
the whining, carping, self-serving and hate-fuelled victimhood narrative imposed on them [SIC] by the good little Germans in authority (and their slaves and groupies) who demand absolute obedience to the ideology - and who see themselves as the new elite.
Contrary to your smears, Harvard’s administration acted to protect the weak (students and staff) who had little to no recourse and to sanction the powerful, in this case a tenured professor who in a written apology admitted that his treatment of his own subordinates had been “deeply inappropriate”.
Wikipedia wrote:Suspension from Harvard

In March 2018, Harvard barred [Professor Roland] Fryer from his research lab, the Education Innovation Laboratory (EdLabs), upon launching an investigation into Title IX complaints against him alleging sexual harassment.[25] Fryer alleged that he was "unfairly scrutinized ... for his skin color."[26] Harvard confirmed that its Office for Dispute Resolution received complaints against Fryer in January, March, and April 2018.[27]

In December 2018, Fryer resigned from the executive committee of the American Economic Association, to which he had been elected (but on which he had not yet taken up his seat); Fryer submitted his resignation after coming under pressure from fellow economists to step down due to the sexual harassment allegations against him.[28] In a letter to The New York Times later that month, Fryer expressed regret for having "allowed, encouraged and participated" in an atmosphere at EdLabs that included "off-color jokes" and comments about personal lives, but denied bullying, retaliating against employees, or making sexual advances to any employee.[29]

Harvard's investigation concluded that Fryer had "engaged in unwanted sexual conduct toward several individuals" and "exhibited a pattern of behavior that failed to meet expectations of conduct within our community and was harmful to the well-being of its members."[27] In July 2019, Fryer was suspended from the Harvard faculty for two years without pay, a disciplinary action determined by a panel of tenured faculty.[27][26] Harvard also determined that, after returning from suspension, Fryer cannot be an adviser or supervisor, have access to graduate fellows, or teach graduate workshops, but can teach graduate classes.[26] Fryer had been one of Harvard's most highly paid professors.[26] As the sanctions took effect, Harvard permanently closed EdLabs in September 2019.[30]

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Re: Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H.U. Report, 2022)

Post by jserraglio » Sun May 15, 2022 4:24 pm

A conservative POV on the Harvard slavery report, sharply critical of it, from a great scholar of Jewish and Yiddish literature.

Wall Street Journal OP-ED

Slavery, Anti-Semitism and Harvard’s Missing Moral Compass

An official report about the university’s early history and a student editorial denouncing Israel reflect the confused state of higher education’s values.

By Ruth R. Wisse

A recent report, “Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery,” notes that the university’s faculty, staff and leaders held more than 70 black slaves between 1636, when Harvard was founded, and 1783, when Massachusetts abolished slavery. In atonement, President Lawrence Bacow reports, the university intends to dedicate $100 million of its endowment to help address “the persistent corrosive effects of those historical practices on individuals, on Harvard, and on our society.”

A Harvard Crimson editorial speaks with even stronger moral conviction of the desire for rightful justice that spreads “like wildfire” when oppression strikes anywhere in the world. Moved to right past wrongs, the editors propose to help “free Palestine” by boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, which stands accused of pushing “Palestinians toward indefinite statelessness, combining ethnonationalist legislation and a continued assault on the sovereignty of the West Bank through illegal settlements that difficults [sic] the prospect of a two-state solution.”

Despite differences in literacy and purpose, the initiatives from Harvard’s president and Harvard’s students are eerily similar. Addressing genuine distress—of American blacks in one case, Palestinian Arabs in the other—both gestures misidentify the cause and, by misdirecting responsibility for the misery, make it impossible to ameliorate deplorable conditions.

Black Americans indeed still struggle to overcome the corrosive effects of slavery, but Harvard’s administration wouldn’t have insinuated itself into the problem by misappropriating guilt for deeds it didn’t commit in the past unless it means to obscure the wrongs it is committing in the present.

In the America we inherited, citizens bear responsibility for their actions, not blame for institutional history. For much longer than it housed slave-owners, Harvard did the hard work of transmitting the founding principles and texts of this country to those who must inspire and strengthen Americans of the next generation. A truthful inquiry would have featured professors who taught and students who fought to overcome slavery, 117 of them killed in that brave cause.

Indulgent self-blame is an escape from moral responsibility, and in this case from the university’s proper purpose. Harvard has harmed African-Americans—and every other minority—by transgressing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which belatedly, in what Martin Luther King Jr. called “a second emancipation,” outlawed racial discrimination. Rather than foster an integrated intellectual community, Harvard has used group preferences in hiring and admissions. The resulting explosion of racial politics ought to have inspired an investigation into the relation between declared intentions and their outcome. Instead, Harvard intends to double down on its misdirected benevolence.

Compensating further, Harvard now tries to appease the campaign to shame white Americans into self-renunciation. It thus betrays the founders of the school, its alumni and the descendants of slaves who know the only antidote to slavery is self-reliance. The focus on white guilt deprives African Americans of agency.

False expiation also obscures what a bold Harvard professor described as the “hateful sport of victimology” that converts “a tragic past into a game of recrimination.” That sport, practiced against the Jews and once encouraged by a handful of unscrupulous black leaders, has now become the trendiest grievance movement on campus. Anti-Semitism was already a problem when Harvard’s Prof. Henry Louis Gates lamented it in 1992. Rather than investigate its meteoric rise in the form of anti-Zionism, Harvard is expunging Jewish visibility (in 2020, for example, removing the word “Semitic” from the name of a museum that had been established to demonstrate the common origin of “three Abrahamic faiths”). Meanwhile, Harvard allows thuggish students to harass Israeli speakers.

As for the Crimson editorial, Arab claims of victimhood at the hands of the Jews is the most daring political inversion since Wilhelm Marr preached anti-Semitism to prevent Jews from “conquering Germany from within.” The 21 Arab countries occupy 640 times more land than Israel. The Arab League, not the Jews, refused to partition Palestine in 1947, the better to ensure their refugees were a permanent casus belli. The Crimson’s editors can’t plead stupidity as an excuse for their calumnies—unless they claim they were admitted through preferential treatment for underachievers.

I was privileged to teach at Harvard for 21 years, and the gratitude I feel is in no way diminished by my dismay at seeing this great university succumb to ideas that, if left unchallenged, may yet bring down the republic. This country was founded not on slavery but on ideas of human worth, and Harvard was entrusted with their protection. May it yet surprise us by recovering its moral compass.

Ms. Wisse is a professor emerita at Harvard and author of the memoir “Free as a Jew.”

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Re: Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery (H.U. Report, 2022)

Post by jserraglio » Mon May 16, 2022 9:01 am

Belle wrote:
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:15 pm
No country which is forever looking backwards can ever progress.
If you really believed this, Belle, you would be no conservative. To the contrary: A society that never looks back will forever relive the past.

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