Racist Fliers for Harvard Club Say “Jews Need Not Apply”
While some may think that the Ivy League’s reputation for having a distinct lack of racial diversity is a thing of the past, they may want to re-examine that belief. On Friday, students of Harvard received a reminder of just how prejudicial their campus can be after several students woke up to find an inflammatory invitations under their doors to a student club in which “no f***ing Jews” were allowed.
According to the Harvard Crimson, the invitations asked students to join “The Pigeon, Harvard’s Newest Final Club,” which is one of Harvard’s 14 exclusive final clubs, or single-sex social groups available to Harvard undergraduates which have routinely garnered criticism as being a reflection of the male-dominated, white, protestant and wealthy student body typical of Harvard’s patrician past.
In addition to stating that “Semi-bro attire” is a requirement, the leaflet included the words “Diversity,” “Inclusion,” and “Love” sprawled across the top with each word footnoted. The footnote for “Diversity” said that “Jews need not apply,” while “Diversity” said “Seriously, no f***ing Jews. Coloreds OK,” and “Love” simply said “Rophynol,” a misspelling of rohypnol, a date rape drug commonly known as “roofies.”
The fliers have sparked outrage among the students and faculty at Harvard, leading the Harvard Crimson to state that the eight male and five female Final Clubs represented “an exclusive and dangerous social environment.” Evelynn M. Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College, responded to the fliers on Friday by stating that they were “deeply disturbing,” regardless of whether they were intended to be a joke.
“As Dean of the College, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive. They are not a reflection of the values of our community,” Hammonds wrote. “Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.”