More than a dozen handmade stickers reading “It’s okay to be white” were posted around overnight in Harvard Square earlier as well as around the nearby Harvard Law School campus.
Law School Dean of Students Marcia L. Sells, who is black, wrote an email to law students in the wake of what Stephen King might call “The Stickering”:
“It seems likely that these anonymous postings, made in the middle of the night, were provocations intended to divide us from one another HLS will not let that happen here. We live, work, teach, and learn together in a community that is stronger, better, and deeper because of our diversity and because we encourage open, respectful, and constructive discourse”
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day—and watch your step!—is…
Do you think posting the stickers was unethical? Do you think the Dean’s response was responsible?
I have a few matters to note and subordinate queries…
- Apparently the idea was germinated on the forum website 4chan, a former Ethics Alarms which called upon followers to put up posters with the message in their area on Halloween night. The author of the original post on the site wrote that they hoped the “credibility of far left campuses and media gets nuked” as a result of the incident, adding that they could help achieve a “massive victory for the right in the culture war.”
Does it matter who came up with the slogan and why?
- The reaction by Glenn Reynold on Instapundit: “SO I GUESS IT’S NOT OKAY. GOOD TO KNOW.”
Of course this was the inherent “When did you stop beating your wife?”-style trap in the stickers. Nevertheless, why isn’t that a fair and natural response to the Dean’s words?
- There are some terrific comments to Glenn’s link:
Okay, next move in this game: put up some signs saying “It’s okay to be black.” See what Harvard does then. Dares Harvard denounce those? But under these circumstances, dares she not?
Source: Harvard Crimson