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Claudine Gay Points To ‘Racial Animus’ In Announcement Of Resignation

via Harvard Alumni Association
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Claudine Gay, the former president of Harvard University, faced criticism for plagiarism and her handling of anti-Semitism at the institution.

She resigned amidst allegations of plagiarism and financial losses for the university.

Her response to a question about calling for the genocide of Jewish people at a House hearing was criticized, and she later apologized for her comments. (Trending: ‘American Idol’ Producer Sued For Sexual Assault)

The Harvard Corporation’s statement on her resignation was seen as hypocritical, and her resignation was attributed to her academic dishonesty rather than racial issues or anti-Semitism.

“It is with a heavy heart but a deep love for Harvard that I write to share that I will be stepping down as president. This is not a decision I came to easily,” Gay wrote.

“Indeed, it has been difficult beyond words because I have looked forward to working with so many of you to advance the commitment to academic excellence that has propelled this great university across centuries.”

“Amidst all of this it has been distressing to have doubt cast on my commitments to confronting hate and to upholding scholarly rigor — two bedrock values that are fundamental to who I am — and frightening to be subjected to personal attacks and threats fueled by racial animus.”

“So many people have suffered tremendous damage and pain because of Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack, and the University’s initial statement should have been an immediate, direct, and unequivocal condemnation. Calls for genocide are despicable and contrary to fundamental human values,” the Harvard Corporation stated.

“At Harvard, we champion open discourse and academic freedom, and we are united in our strong belief that calls for violence against our students and disruptions of the classroom experience will not be tolerated.”

“While President Gay has acknowledged missteps and has taken responsibility for them, it is also true that she has shown remarkable resilience in the face of deeply personal and sustained attacks,” the Harvard Corporation wrote.

“While some of this has played out in the public domain, much of it has taken the form of repugnant and in some cases racist vitriol directed at her through disgraceful emails and phone calls.”

“We condemn such attacks in the strongest possible terms.”

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