PERSPECTIVES: It’s a War “To Unravel Public Faith in the Pillars of American Society”

Outgoing Harvard president Claudine Gay writing in THE NEW YORK TIMES:𝐴𝑠 𝐼 𝑑𝑒𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡, 𝐼 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑎 𝑓𝑒𝑤 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑔𝑛 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟. 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑎 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑢𝑛𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑙 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑛 𝑝𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦. 𝐶𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑒𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑒, 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑝 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑝𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑠 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒. 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑦𝑝𝑒𝑠 — 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 — 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑚𝑝𝑡𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑙𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑐𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑢𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠’ 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑠 𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑦𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑚 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠, 𝑛𝑜 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒 𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑒𝑥ℎ𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑧𝑒𝑎𝑙.” Read the full commentary here.

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