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Friday, May 16, 2014

Anthony Zurcher, BBC News: It was the kind of story tailor-made for the right-wing echo chamber. Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government wanted all its first-year students to attend a mandatory orientation session to consider their "power and privilege". To "check it," even. After all, just a few weeks ago Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang became a cause celebre on the right with his college newspaper essay -- reprinted in Time magazine -- in which he refused to apologise for his economic and race-based privilege, arguing that it was the result of the hard work of his forebears. The only problem, it seems, is that the Harvard story is not exactly accurate.

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It doesn't sound so much like a "check your priviledge" because you are a white male nearly as much as a "check your prviledge" because you are at Harvard and have most likely lived a very sheltered, very pampered existence. Reetu Mody may recognize that she and her classmates are not representative of society as a whole. I'm not sure that it's an important distinction, but one that is recognizeable.

#1 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-16 01:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

I agree with you Mad. Harvard has a long history of making leaders that take up social causes. I think they're trying not to lose that tradition by telling their people "hey, you have something special here, and you can help others".

Maybe instead of using race as an example, they should use social class?

If Mitt had taken some class to remind him that he's still human, he might have won the last election.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-16 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Maybe instead of using race as an example, they should use social class?"

Agreed. I think even MLK recognized that racism wasn't nearly as much about race as it was about class. At least not for the majority. And the same folks who would welcome Lil' Wayne with open arms would probably be equally hostile to Marilyn Manson. Not because of color, but because they are both precieved as being somewhat trashy. Lower class.

I don't know if I would consider it to be related or not, but there was a boy recently who was the first person who was accepted to all of the Ivies. He was black. He was from Africa. Adn apprently, his mother told him to avoid black people in America.

I wonder if he will be told to check his priviledge?

#3 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-16 02:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

But I think Mody's ultimate point was that, if you are at Harvard, then you already are priviledged, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, whatever.

#4 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-16 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

yes. absolutely. an ivey league education is worth every penny.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-16 03:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

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I agree with you Mad. Harvard has a long history of making leaders that take up social causes. I think they're trying not to lose that tradition by telling their people "hey, you have something special here, and you can help others".

Maybe instead of using race as an example, they should use social class?

If Mitt had taken some class to remind him that he's still human, he might have won the last election.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner

Harvard also has a long history of making leaders that engage in orgies of greed that tank the economy and ruin innocent lives.

Anything they can do to call attention to their role in the class war, the better.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-16 10:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"It doesn't sound so much like a "check your priviledge" because you are a white male nearly as much as a "check your prviledge" because you are at Harvard and have most likely lived a very sheltered, very pampered existence. Reetu Mody may recognize that she and her classmates are not representative of society as a whole. I'm not sure that it's an important distinction, but one that is recognizable."

It is an important distinction mad. 8)

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-16 11:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I don't know if I would consider it to be related or not, but there was a boy recently who was the first person who was accepted to all of the Ivies. He was black. He was from Africa. Adn apprently, his mother told him to avoid black people in America."

And he attended a high school in a fairly low-class area of Long Island, a town that if you drive through looks to be filled with "the People of Wal-Mart." I'm not judging, just pointing out a reality you may not be aware of. I hadn't heard the part about his mother saying that, but I know the town fairly well.

#8 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-16 11:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

He was from Africa. Adn apprently, his mother told him to avoid black people in America."

Apparently this isn't an uncommon attitude in Africa. When I was in Mombasa, Kenya the white guys had no problem picking up the local chicks in the bars. One of the black guys who was strutting around in the expensive disco attire of the day wearing a lot of gold asked one of the local girls why they didn't want to be with "us black guys". Her answer? "Because we don't like [n word]s."

True story.

#9 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-16 11:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Harvard is a club of ethnic and racist privilege because that is what the institution wants and has purposely created. They want other Harvard grads to discriminate and push fellow Harvard grads into policy making and financially rewarding jobs. Jews and Asians dominate enrollment not because of intellectual superiority, but because others of ability are purposely discriminated against by a biased highly subjective unaccountable admissions policy.

www.theamericanconservative.co
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#10 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-16 11:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Harvard is an anachronism.

#11 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-17 01:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Harvard is an anachronism."

Just remember it was founded on religion and is considered one of the best Universities in the world.

It drives antitheists nuts. >:)

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 02:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

I've never heard anyone before you mention that. In fact, many think the Jewish religion is over represented there, even though it was founded by Christians.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-17 03:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Any Harvard (or Yale, or Princeton, or Dartmouth, or _____ (any ivy league college) graduate is privileged in America, regardless of race, creed, or color.

#14 | Posted by PhilipNoir at 2014-05-17 08:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Any Harvard (or Yale, or Princeton, or Dartmouth, or _____ (any ivy league college) graduate is privileged in America, regardless of race, creed, or color."

Untrue. I've seen it so many times it makes me sick.
They are graduated, especially from liberal arts, as to make sure they fail.
I take it you never attended one of those allegedly esteemed schools. Einstein was at Princeton. The students who pushed sciences forward hence were from Cal, Cal Tech, MIT, Texas......gee, where were the Ivies?
The Ivies hire names and turn out nameless.

#15 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-18 03:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

The Ivies hire names and turn out nameless.

#15 | POSTED BY DIABLO

yeah. that's the ticket.

#16 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-05-18 03:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Harvard also has a long history of making leaders that engage in orgies of greed that tank the economy and ruin innocent lives. Anything they can do to call attention to their role in the class war, the better."

Their role in the class war?

I don't know about all of them, but if you get accepted to Harvard, your families financial status will not prevent you from attending. Furthermore, once you have graduated, you are going to have a leg up on all of those who don't have an Ivy League (or similar) diploma.

You could grow up dirt poor in Appalachia, and your diploma from Dartmouth is going to open more doors that that of a wealthy student graduating from Louisiana State University.

I actually think this is kind of a good idea in many cases. But it has nothing to do with class warfare. That's just more jealousy.

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-18 01:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

es. absolutely. an ivey league education is worth every penny.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05

Shiela Jackson-Lee is a graduate of Yale....guess they didn't teach much about Vietnam...

and paragons of liberal toiletry like this place don't need a class ......any subject can move in and out of liberal brainwashing to liberal slants on each official course subject.

#18 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-05-18 03:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

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