Give the cancel culturists credit. Not content to limit their destruction to statues and other likenesses of notable Americans of the past — think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln — they are now looking to rewrite the histories of living Americans. (RELATED: Macaulay Culkin supports calls to have Trump cameo edited out of ‘Home Alone 2’)
A petition being circulated at Harvard University seeks to rescind the degrees of “over a dozen Harvard graduates [who] worked hard to spread the disinformation and mistrust that created last Wednesday’s insurrection.” The document names names including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). An even longer list of “graduates who have gone on to lead, advise, and staff the Trump administration” appears in the Harvard Crimson, the school student newspaper.
George Washington University Law Prof. Jonathan Turley notes that the witch hunt to ferret out white supremacists is not limited to this latest effort, writing:
Indeed, previously there was a demand for a ban on former Trump officials from being allowed on campus at Harvard. Recently Rep. Elise Stefanik was removed from a high-ranking board on Harvard for challenging the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. The concern for some of us is that the Capitol riot is now being used by many to accelerate the crackdown on free speech on our campuses.
The petition ends with the claim that “a Harvard degree is a privilege, not a right,” which would seem to be at least open to debate. Degrees generally contain language to the effect that the honoree has satisfied all of the university’s requirements and conditions, scholastic and otherwise, necessary to graduation. That remains true of all of the individuals named in the petition or related documents, regardless of what “sins” they have committed in the eyes of a bunch of liberals stuffed shirts.