Woke culture is putting Harvard University in the middle of a crisis as America watches its reputation be stripped away.
America’s elite universities are having a major reputational crisis because of the blatant hypocrisy of those claiming to support diversity, while ignoring the naked anti-Semitism against Jewish students.
Now this billionaire financier explains why he believes Harvard and other universities are falling from grace.
Bill Ackman was shocked by anti-Israel sentiment at Harvard
Harvard has been facing immense criticism over pro-Hamas protests and statements from administrators in recent months.
Alumni have come out of the woodwork to make their voices heard, but no one has been as loud as billionaire hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman.
Following the deadly attack on Israeli citizens in October, nearly 3 dozen student organizations at Harvard came out in support of Hamas.
Many were left wondering how a group of students at one of the most prestigious schools could support a globally recognized terror group.
Ackman was no different, but he said when he saw Harvard President Claudine Gay’s initial statement he began to understand.
The statement provided the backdrop of antisemitic sentiment on Harvard’s campus and further catalyzed angry protests against Israel.
That led Ackman to visit the campus “to see things with [his] own eyes.”
Antisemitism isn’t the root of the problem at Harvard
Ackman detailed his intellectual journey on the topic in a post on social media earlier this week.
There he met with “15 or so members of the faculty and a few hundred students in small and large settings…”
The billionaire said at that point the picture became “clearer.”
“I ultimately concluded that antisemitism was not the core of the problem, it was simply a troubling warning sign—it was the ‘canary in the coal mine’,” he wrote.
Ackman says while antisemitism was “destructive,” the real problem existed in the curriculum and culture present on the campus.
The real “cause of antisemitism at Harvard” was in the “oppressor/oppressed framework” that was being taught at the school.
This perspective “provided the intellectual bulwark behind the protests, helping to generate anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate speech and harassment,” he said.
All of this “oppressor/oppressed framework” seems to be coming from one popular initiative sweeping the nation.
That is the cultural phenomenon of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
“Create an environment with real academic freedom”
Ackman says that he has “always believed that diversity is an important feature of a successful organization.”
But the successful hedge fund manager sees diversity from a different view than the radical ideologues that are pushing it.
In its “purest form” diversity is about “viewpoints, politics, ethnicity, race, age, religion, experience, socioeconomic background…and more…” he continued.
But according to Ackman, DEI ignores actual diversity and instead focuses on only lifting “certain groups that are deemed oppressed under DEI’s own methodology.”
“Under DEIE, one’s degree of oppression is determined based upon where one resides on a so-called intersectional pyramid of oppression where whites, Jews, and Asians are deemed oppressors,” Ackman explains.
This leaves other groups including “people of color, LGBTQ people, and/or women” to be considered the “oppressed.”
Ackman says that this cultural rot is creating an environment that stifles discussion and sows division on college campuses.
The Harvard alumni calls on his alma mater to “create an academic environment with real academic freedom and free speech, where self-censoring, speech codes, and cancel culture are forever banished from campus.”
In light of today’s news, I thought I would try to take a step back and provide perspective on what this is really all about.
I first became concerned about @Harvard when 34 Harvard student organizations, early on the morning of October 8th before Israel had taken any military…
— Bill Ackman (@BillAckman) January 3, 2024
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