Ex-President Backs Harvard Leader
Harvard University President Claudine Gay, who recently testified in front of Congress regarding the policies related to hate speech on campus, has come under fire for her remarks. Her statements have caused an uproar among the university’s wealthiest donors, leading to a freeze in financial support. However, it has been reported that former President Barack Obama has privately lobbied for Gay to remain in her role at Harvard.
The controversy began when Gay, along with two other university presidents, refused to label calls for Jewish genocide as hate speech during the hearing on December 5. This sparked outrage and criticism, especially from Jewish communities on campus. Furthermore, Gay has also faced allegations of plagiarism in her past work, but Harvard has stood by her despite these concerns.
The backlash against Gay intensified when billionaire Len Blavatnik, whose family foundation has donated millions of dollars to Harvard, froze his financial support over concerns of anti-Semitism on campus. This led to speculation that Gay’s job may be in jeopardy. However, sources familiar with the matter have revealed that Obama has been privately lobbying for Gay to keep her position as university president. According to Jewish Insider, Obama has urged Harvard leadership to stand by Gay and maintain stability within the administration.
It never gets old appearing in print. Check out my latest in the @nypost on why Barack Obama stepped in to save serial plagiarist and genocidal-Jew-hater-protecting Harvard president Claudine Gay https://t.co/zkNrgPqXOh pic.twitter.com/tP4JKi5XhE
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) December 26, 2023
The day after her testimony, Gay attempted to clarify her statements in a written statement, saying that she did not condone violence or genocide against the Jewish community and that those who make such calls will be held accountable. This statement was followed by a personal apology to The Harvard Crimson, where Gay admitted that her words were not well chosen and that she failed to convey her true beliefs.
This ongoing controversy has put pressure on Harvard to address the issue of anti-Semitism on campus and take a strong stance against hate speech. While some have called for Gay’s resignation, others believe that she should be given a chance to prove herself and address the concerns raised by her testimony and alleged plagiarism.
In response to the backlash, Harvard has announced the establishment of a university-wide committee to examine issues related to diversity and inclusion, including anti-Semitism. President Larry Bacow also released a statement condemning hate speech and reaffirming the university’s commitment to creating a safe and respectful environment for all students.
As the controversy surrounding Gay continues, it remains to be seen whether her apologies and efforts to clarify her remarks will be enough to satisfy Harvard’s donors and mend the rift within the university community.