keeping it classy, harvard…NOT!

In Education on Saturday, 1 December 2012 at 06:17

Several Harvard students received a racist pamphlet on Friday advertising a club to which ‘no fucking jews’ were allowed but “coloreds” were “ok” the Harvard Crimsonreported.

The pamphlets, which were delivered in sealed envelopes under students’ dorm room doors, advertised “Harvard’s Newest Final Club” i.e. one of Harvard’s 14 single sex social clubs. The club, called the “Pigeon” (perhaps a play on the Final Club propensity to name their establishments after animals) was ostensibly promoting a party situated in a local frozen yogurt shop. The attire was dubbed “Semi-bro.”

At the top of the pamphlet, three virtues: Inclusion, Diversity, Love were listed with three respective footnotes at the bottom of the page. Inclusion’s was “Jews need not apply.” Diversity’s was “Seriously, no fucking Jews. Coloreds OK,” and Love’s was “Rophynol” — probably a misspelling of the date-rape drug rohypnol.

Final Clubs are no strangers to controversy. In November, the Crimson reported that a female final club, the Sablière Society reportedly filmed themselves pretending to be homeless for an initiation event.

In the comments section of the article, the university’s Dean of Students Evelynn M. Hammonds made a statement, saying,

As Dean of the College, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive. They are not a reflection of  the values of our community. Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.

Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/racist-harvard-finals-club-flier_n_2219468.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003


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