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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

FUTURE LEADERS OF AMERICA? – Remember the song, "Fight Fiercely Harvard"?  I guess it's out of style.  From College Fix:   Harvard has decided to close a 17-year-old campus police station because students said it made them feel “intimidated.”  According to The Crimson, Harvard University Police made the move regarding the Mather House substation last week, which long has been the subject of student derision.  Mather resident Faith Woods said she is “well aware” police are “not there to keep [her] actively safe.” Having a cop car parked outside the residence means nothing, she added, saying it actually “implies” residents are being “watched and policed.”  Student Eleanor Taylor went further, alleging the substation is “violent”: “The real effect that the presence of the HUPD substation has […] is simply a violent, visual intimidation tactic that students are forced to see every time they enter the house.”  Gender studies and sociology major Kai DeJesus (who uses “she/they/siya” pronouns) agreed, saying “’It’s really important that we keep these violent institutions outside of residences” as the HUPD still “disproportionately targets Black and Brown people […] on campus.”   Compare please with the young people of Ukraine.  We have work to do. 

February 27, 2022