In its academic and social culture, in its basic ethos, Harvard can no longer afford to treat kindness and decency as secondary considerations.
Unique ideas help the college avoid intellectual stagnancy, but a balance must be struck between academic freedom and basic kindness.
Removing statues will not change the history of the United States and the Confederacy, which is studied all over the world. The real gaslighting in this country occurs in our schools, where millions of American children are force-fed falsehoods at an astonishing rate.
Things like kindness, love, happiness, diversity, and respect challenge the worldviews of people like Bill O’Reilly. Harvard can, should, and in many cases, does promote all of those things.
Because of her demonstrably superficial understanding of pressing issues in American education, it is hard not to see the DeVos nomination as a blatant payoff for years of conservative monetary activism.