At Harvard, President Drew Gilpin Faust is proving herself to be immune to concerns about intellectual standards or racial discrimination. Indeed, she seeks “a different Harvard” — one with so many black professors and staff that they could fill Harvard Stadium. President Faust, you see, is trying to overcome the past effects of the legacy, not of slavery, but rather of President Lawrence Summers.
President Summers’s failings famously included insufficient celebration of the rap stylings of Professor Cornel West, who left in a huff for Princeton. Now things are looking up at Harvard. Last week the Crimson reported the return of a scholar of global hip-hop culture who was denied tenure during the Summers era.
This good news represents only the first wave of President Faust’s efforts to overcome the Summers era. The Crimson also reports that President Faust means to seek new frontiers in racial discrimination:
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