Another storm brews at Harvard. This time it is not between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, but between which placemat is most correct. Yes, the great minds at Harvard--and there are many great minds at Harvard--have focused their attention on a subject so singularly important that Western civilization may fall if it is not addressed. What’s the issue, you ask?
How to talk to your family during Christmas break.
For those of you who don’t know, college students seemingly have to return home to their socially and politically backwards families--families who don’t understand the complexities of the world around them. To aid in this traumatic process, Harvard created a set of placemats that gave students “talking points” that could be used around the dinner table, under the mistletoe, or maybe even while opening presents.
Brought to you by the office of diversity and stupid ideas, the placemats provided tips on how to talk to stupid parents about student activism, Islamaphobia, and black crime.
If your house is like mine, these are the issues we discuss over Christmas dinner. I particularly enjoy discussing the finer points of Islamaphobia while my kids open presents. Nothing, after all, better reflects the spirit of Christmas than a discussion on prejudice.
If it seems like my sarcasm engine is revved up, then you have caught on.
The Harvard republicans pushed back and created their own placemats and some other students joined the chorus. Eventually, and to their credit, Harvard apologized saying their motives were good.
Let me state the obvious: This is what ideology looks like.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology