“To affirm Harvard’s commitment to inclusion”
This is ironic considering the fact that progressives have become the new Puritans.
The New York Times reports:
Harvard Seeks to Write ‘Puritans’ Out of Its Alma Mater
For decades, Harvard students and alumni have sung an alma mater that calls on them to be heralds of light and bearers of love “till the stock of the Puritans die.”
University officials teach the refrain to freshmen on arrival and sing it again when the students graduate years later.
But this week, a university steeped in tradition said the time had come for a change.
To affirm Harvard’s commitment to inclusion in a time when college campuses are routinely finding themselves at the center of national debates on race and identity, university officials said they are seeking suggested rewrites of that disquieting final line. The contest is open only to members of the Harvard community.
The line about Puritans concludes a sentence that is “an exhortation to pursue the truth until a certain endpoint,” said Danielle S. Allen, a professor and political philosopher on the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which launched the competition.
Harvard’s motto is “Veritas,” Latin for “truth,” she noted, adding, “there shouldn’t be any endpoint to the pursuit of truth, nor should we imply that the pursuit of truth is for any particular ethnic group.”
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