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Without doubt the current election for the Harvard Board of Overseers must rank as the most significant and substantive of the last twenty-five years, perhaps even the last century. The results of our Free Harvard/Fair Harvard campaign could have tremendous national implications for tuition and admissions policy at our most elite colleges, with ripple effects upon all of American higher education.

Unfortunately, the ongoing national Trumpathon, with its endless series of Page One insults and crude slurs has captured an absolutely overwhelming share of American political attention, leaving relatively little for any other campaign, let alone a mere battle for the Harvard Board of Overseers. When The Dreadful Donald and Lyin’ Ted are trading staged photos of their wives in dress and undress on Twitter, why would anyone in America care whether elite college tuition might be abolished?

Therefore, I was extremely pleased a few days ago when Harvard’s Chinese Student Association invited me to a public debate they were sponsoring on April 10th, whose timing would be ideal for providing the media and the entire Harvard community an opportunity to weigh some of the conflicting claims made by ourselves and our organized opponents. The leaders of the latter had repeatedly said they were uninterested in publicly debating the issues with us, but with a Harvard event now scheduled, I felt confident they would now be forced to either send a representative or else be unmasked as totally ridiculous.

I was already scheduled to participate in a U.S. Senate Candidate Forum in California on the afternoon of the 9th, but immediately booked a red-eye flight to get to Cambridge for the 10th, shipped out a box of materials to my hotel in Harvard Square, and used my newly established Twitter account to send out a preliminary announcement:

Unfortunately, two days later this additional Tweet followed:

Although I am not privy to the exact details of what transpired, apparently the alumni leadership of the No campaign remained absolutely adamant in their refusal to participate in any public debate on the issues, which seems rather silly to me. Then in an even more childish manner, they made the Alice-in-Wonderland argument that since it would obviously be unfair for an audience to be exposed only to one side of the issue, the planned debate must therefore be cancelled, and heavily pressured the CSA to do so.

Such behavior brings to mind a seven-year-old who threatens to hold his breath if told to do his spelling homework, but when expressed by established alumni in their fifties such arguments may prove quite intimidating to undergraduates perhaps still be in their teens, and the board of Harvard’s Chinese Student Association quickly decided to drop their sponsorship of the debate, which now may or may not have to be cancelled.

A large Harvard lecture hall, Sever 113, has already been reserved, I’ve paid for my plane tickets and hotel room, and my materials are currently in transit to Cambridge. So a young Harvard Law School student, Matthew Young, is now urgently trying to round up one or more replacement student organizations as sponsors, allowing the debate forum to proceed. Anyone interested in assisting this or obtaining additional information should contact him.

The main architect of this possibly successful attempt to torpedo the scheduled Harvard debate appears to be one Jeannie Park, whose name frankly means nothing to me, and whose current professional activities are somewhat unclear. However, a couple of minutes of Googling brought some surprising facts to light. I am shocked, shocked that such seemingly juvenile political behavior would be coming from someone who had spent her distinguished publishing career working as an editor at one of America’s most intellectually elite periodicals, namely People Magazine. And for anyone so interested, here’s an example of her remarkably insightful and substantive Twitter Feed:

Certainly, Harvard University’s traditions of “Free Speech” and “Open Debate” have taken an odd turn recently. The top stories at The Harvard Law Record currently center on agitated activists whose notion of academic freedom seemingly involves plastering the walls of the law school with their own crude posters and taking down any others that dispute their arguments.

Under such circumstances, perhaps the political rise of Donald Trump is far less mysterious than I had assumed.

• Category: Ideology • Tags: Asian Quotas, Harvard, Political Correctness 
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  1. Rehmat says:

    Donald Trump is not the first or the last American leader to show his contempt of non-White minorities especially the Muslims.

    On March 30, 2016, Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust in an Op-Ed published at ‘The Harvard Crimson’, entitled, Recognizing Slavery at Harvard, said that it’s time to come out of closet and admit the fact that African slaves were used to built the university.

    “Although we embrace and celebrate the storied traditions of our nearly 400 year history, slavery is an aspect of Harvard’s past that has rarely been acknowledged or invoked. The importance of slavery in early New England was long ignored even by historians, and the presence and contributions of people of African descent at Harvard have remained a largely untold story. But Harvard was directly complicit in America’s system of racist bondage from the college’s early days in the 17th century until slavery in Massachusetts ended in 1783, and Harvard continued to be indirectly involved through extensive financial and other ties to the slave South until to emancipation. This is our history and legacy, one must acknowledge and understand in order to truly move beyond the painful injustices at its core,” Faust said.

    Dr. Faust, however, was at loss to acknowledge that both labor and sex slavery is still Alive And Well In America. How American could avoid the \$150 billion annual trade?

  2. mtn cur says:

    The assumption that near clones of ones self are superior beings has been the earmark of intellectual primitives throughout history, whether in Chinas middle kingdom, the german master race or the” real people” and the “human beings” of native north americans. With a philosophical altitude this high, we will deserve whichever velvet Elvis we get for president. Failure to recognize the social contract implied by human trafficking in its’ various contemporary disguises seems symptomatic of sociopathy so extreme that perhaps we should improve on rules of evidence rather than being so hasty in trying to abandon the death penalty.

  3. Twinkie says:

    the board of Harvard’s Chinese Student Association quickly decided to drop their sponsorship of the debate

    Well, if they are not willing to fight for a cause for their own benefit, perhaps they don’t deserve it after all.

    I suppose it would be too much to request a debate on the non-Jewish white (esp. male) quota (esp. from the flyover country), would it?

  4. aerg says:

    Dear Mr. Unz, I write to recommend the inclusion of Kevin Barrett among the columnists of your roster.

    Mr. Barrett is a noted conspiracy theorist, who asserts that 9/11 was a false flag operation by the U.S. government and the Israelis. He also is a deranged anti-semite.

    Only about three out of four of your columnists are presently conspiracy theorists and/or deranged anti-semites, a percentage which improved only marginally when Peter Frost retired from Unz Review. Adding Kevin Barrett would strengthen your credentials among the underserved demographic of Nutball-Americans and, in particular, help Californians in forming an opinion of you as a candidate for public office.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  5. Truth says:

    Mr. Barrett is a noted conspiracy theorist, who asserts that 9/11 was a false flag operation by the U.S. government and the Israelis.”

    Oh, so in other words he has at least half a brain.

  6. Pat Casey says:

    Destiny has no beeper but heroes book the red-eye.

    Come back to whose hometown fixed the sound of something better by being a code, James Albrecht Lockley Struck Jr, the other Jim Junior, as no one ever mentioned. Rather revealing is what can be done with the guy’s ballast, his middle names Albrecht Lockley. Remember when and where the Moms was alphabetizing cans of soup we might as well say she transposed, and see to those lettered names they are transposed to read Brecht Lock and Alley. Brecht of course was Bertolt Brecht, the noted anti-Nazi dramatist. Way late in the tale, Hal muses: “But the real truth was that the early Himself hadn’t wanted skilled or believable acting to get in the way of the abstract ideas and technical innovations in the cartridges, and this had always seemed to me more like Brecht than like Bresson.” Brecht’s Galileo famously hymns, “Unhappy the land in need of heroes.” DFW echoed that sentiment in his long interview with David Lipsky, answering the question of what comes next for American Culture after, well, actually after David Letterman: “My guess is that what it will be is it’s going to be a function of some people who are heroes.” This nation he thought was sadly absent real McCoys found itself blessed to read DFW. We might not bother to imagine what his star staved off. But history should.

    Anyways, DFW’s “Brecht Lock” is a contrivance. When one has breached the lock they’ve found the Alley.

    “What metro Boston AAs are trite but correct about is that both destiny’s kisses and its dope-slaps illustrate an individual person’s basic personal powerlessness over the really meaningful events in his life: i.e. almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of Psst that you usually can’t even hear because you’re in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer.”

    Those words thus become a searchlight for heroes.

  7. Rehmat says:

    Some student groups at Harvard Kennedy School along with the ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ organized a ‘One State Conference‘ on Palestine at the Campus on March 3-4, 2012. The organizers stated that it’s a student run event which doesn’t represent the views of the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University or any Harvard school or center. However, this explanation didn’t satisfy the international pro-Israel watchdog, Abraham Foxman, national director of ADL. He wrote a letter to Harvard’s President Dr. Catherine Drew Gilpin Faust (her second husband, professor Charles E. Rosenberg is a Zionist Jew), claiming that the conference is meant to “promote the elimination of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people“.

    One has to forgive Abe Foxman’s ignorance that 20% of Israeli citizen are non-Jewish and the fact that more Jewish people live in New York state than in Israel but Washington would not recognize NY as a ‘Jewish state’.

    According to ADL press release on February 24, both Dr. Faust and Dean David T. Ellwood assured Abe Foxman on phone that Harvard University did not accept any policy that would lead to the elimination of state of Israel.

    “I want to emphasize once again that Harvard University and the Harvard Kennedy School in no way endorses or supports the apparent position of these student organizers or any participants they include. We hope that the final shape of the conference will be significantly more balanced,” Ellwood said in a released statement.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. As another commenter here (twinkie) asked:

    “I [don’t] suppose it would be too much to request a debate on the non-Jewish white…quota…would it?”

  9. Truth says:

    Hey guys, there just hasn’t been enough feminine jealousy, seething anger, and race-baiting hatred, and ulcers caused around here for me this week.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    good for her!

  11. Immigrant from former USSR [AKA "Florida Resident"] says:

    Google informs that

    Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

    In the article referenced by Truth the following is claimed:

    Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has a 101.6 GPA

    After that I have a lot of other doubts about the achievements of that,
    evidently capable, young lady.

  12. Rehmat says:

    I 101% agree.

    However, Kevin Barrett, PhD, is a Truth Teller, like professors Richard Falk, James Petraus, James Fetzer, etc. He like the others, had been declared the so-called ‘conspiracy theorist’ by the Organized Jewry for challenging the “official 9/11 lie”. Kevin Barrett’s worst crime is that instead of becoming a Christian Zionist – he converted to Islam.

    On ‘April Fool Day (April 1, 2011) Dr. Barrett posted: “If Americans deny that their government murdered two million Muslims in vengeance to 9/11 – he can easily deny that Germans who murdered Gypsies, Slavs, handicapped people, communists, Jews, and others during World War II constitutes a Holocaust”.

  13. @Truth

    Let me guess. Igbo + AA?

    • Replies: @Triumph104
  14. god, that second tweet is just so sad.

    if they can’t even stand up for themselves, what are they good for?

    pressured into giving up? geez. asians really need to learn from black lives matter. thicker skin is what they need.

  15. @Anatoly Karlin

    She is Igbo; both parents are from Nigeria. Igbos tend to look like black Americans. Last year another Igbo from her high school got into all 8 Ivies. I guess as immigrants they apply to all 8 either because they don’t know how university admissions work or they just want to brag to the folks back in Nigeria.

    The other guy was an Intel semi-finalist and Augusta is an Intel finalist this year. I believe 2017 will be the last year for the contest.

  16. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Park is a Korean name, not Chinese. Funny, for all Ron’s envy of Trump and his Trump trashing, his criticism of Park is a little Trumpesque (without the flair, of course).

  17. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    One has to forgive Abe Foxman’s ignorance that 20% of Israeli citizen are non-Jewish

    50% of Abe Foxman is non-Jewish.

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