The presidents of Harvard, MIT and Penn were before the House today to testify in a hearing on antisemitism on college campus and they were all asked the same question by Rep. Elise Stefanik.
And they all gave the same shocking answer when asked if calling for the genocide of Jews violates their university’s code of conduct regarding bullying or harassment?
Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate [your university’s] code of conduct or rules regarding bullying or harassment?
— Bill Ackman (@BillAckman) December 5, 2023
Each of them suggested that the speech alone doesn’t violate their code of conduct, that it would need to become actionable in some way, that it would need to turn into conduct before they could do something about it. To the president of Penn, Stefanik asked “conduct meaning committing the act of genocide?”
Stefanik was livid that these three presidents would say this when they all have Jewish students attending their universities.
So let’s do a thought experiment. How long do you think these three presidents would sit idly by while a group of mostly white male students called for the genocide of black people? Would they say this doesn’t violate their code of conduct then?