This alienation between supporters of civil rights and civil liberties is harmful and avoidable. Reconciliation is essential and urgently needed.
Harvard scholars and leadership would do well to recall Richard Feynman’s wise words: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Harvard’s insistence on club autonomy has become a shield to avoid implementing expensive, but necessary, accountability measures.
The use of the Statement on Rights and Responsibilities to go after generations of student activists leaves little doubt as to their purpose.