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    Culture and Society,  Politics

    An Argument for Free Speech: Challenge Begets Progress

    Maybe it came in the form of racism or sexism, such as in the cases of Roseanne Barr, Quinn Norton, or Sarah Jeong. Maybe it was someone whose jokes were too foul, such as former Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn. Maybe it was even the President of the United States and his alleged description of the country of Haiti. No matter what your political or ideological beliefs, chances are that some figure or topic in the recent news will have confirmed it for you: there are certain things that we simply cannot say. But should we not be allowed to use this kind of language? Should any language or topic that could be considered too grotesque or dangerous be…

  • Student body at Philip Harding Harvard Commencement, May 2014
    Civil Rights,  College and University

    Affirmative Action: A Band-Aid on Student Inequality

      Last year, Harvard University celebrated its second consecutive year of a non-white majority freshmen class, with 50.9% of admitted students coming from minority groups. On the surface, this would seem to be an indictment of the White House’s recent reversal of the Obama administration’s stance on affirmative action as proof that the system has yielded what was promised by it: diversity and equal-opportunity in American universities. However, a closer look at how Harvard managed to achieve these goals suggests that these achievements exist only on the surface, as the opportunities afforded by affirmative action are anything but equal. A breakdown of the demographics of Harvard’s class of 2021 shows…