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Harvard Law School to scrap crest over links to slavery

Harvard Law School has decided to drop its crest because of links to an 18th Century slave owner in the latest race row to engulf a leading university.

The Massachusetts law school, which is part of one of the world’s leading educational bodies and includes President Barack Obama among its alumni, formed a committee to investigate the crest following protests and sit-ins by students.

  • Exile1981

    I’ve given up listening to these children whine and the universities cave everytime.

  • Martin B

    Speaking of 18th Century slave owners…how long till the Black Taliban blast George and TJ off Mount Rushmore, just like the Bamiyan Buddhas?

    • Kathy Prendergast

      They’ll find a reason to get rid of Lincoln and Roosevelt too, I’m sure.

  • Dana Garcia

    Harvard secretly thinks “Veritas” (Truth) is too judgmental and may require a trigger warning.

    • tom_billesley

      Harvard could change it to Terence’s proverb
      Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit
      Nowadays, grovelling wins friends, truth begets hate.

  • Ron MacDonald

    All endowments left by Isaac Royall should be turned over to his descendants.

  • Waffle

    Brilliant move. Erase the past. Nothing to learn there.

  • tom_billesley

    No more will Harvard Business School be able to award the degree of MBA (Massa Business Administration).

  • terrence

    82 percent of the people at the Telegraph article opposed Harvard’s “decision”.

  • simus1

    Yet there are no demands that the “Former Party Of Slavery” make amends for its horrible past. Or the much more recent sins “against innocent communists who just happened to like Comrade Stalin” and his worldview.

  • Gary

    So it was okay when whites were the slaves prior to blacks being imported. All those workhouses in England for white children were actually fun while the Whites in debtor’s prison or the jails just loved the free trip to Botany Bay for the endless stay in a real life Survival show for the birds and animals.

  • B__2

    I can see why: those books on the crest and the Latin ‘veritas’ (“truth”) are an insult to African-Americans. Which authentic African-American would want to ‘act white’ by reading books or believing in an objective truth?

  • PapayaSF

    Well, at least the activists got what they wanted, so they’ll be satisfied and move on to more socially-productive endeavors. Right…?

  • Alain

    Just a couple of comments. First until proof is made public I call BS on Obama being “among its alumni”. Second I have no patience left for anyone harping about slavery when they ignore that the practice of slavery was wide spread and not invented by Europeans or whites. As for black Americans whining about their ancestors being slaves, I respond that no one prevented any of the freed black slaves or their descendants from returning to Africa. The truth is they had a much better life in North America, even as slaves, than in Africa. In the history of mankind, there is not a single race that was not forced into slavery at one time, and the blacks have no monopoly on it. The only thing holding black Americans or black Canadians back continues to be themselves.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Most of the men who founded Harvard were likely slave owners or at the very least supportive or tolerant of slavery, so why not just scrap the whole horribly racist institution? Shouldn’t these students be ashamed of getting degrees at such a place?

  • John

    To better reflect Harvard’s current state of affairs, only a suce on the crest would do