Harvard University is a bastion of liberalism. It’s faculty, students, and leaders have repeatedly attacked President Trump as a dictator and a threat to democracy.
So what did Harvard do when a real dictator came to town? They canceled a panel on human rights in China to appease Communist dictator Xi Jinping.
Is there no dictator whose boots Harvard won’t lick?
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Teng Biao, a former fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s human rights center, attempted to host a panel discussion on Chinese human rights issues in 2015. A vice dean at Harvard Law School, however, ordered him in February of that year to cancel the event because it would have been “embarrassing” for the university, according to Teng.
“He called me into his office and he told me that the Harvard president was meeting Chinese president Xi Jinping,” Teng told the Washington Free Beacon. “It seems that for Harvard leaders, it was very embarrassing if we had a talk at Harvard about human rights issues in China when the Harvard president just came back from China after meeting with the Chinese president.”
The incident reveals an important truth about academia and the left in general. They’re fascinated with power, and they don’t give a rip about human rights unless they can use it as a slogan to attack America with.
Beyond the ideology, Havard also is getting paid by a dictatorship:
China has spent eye-popping sums of money on elite Western universities. Chinese companies, universities, and nationals have gifted more than $900 million to U.S. universities since 2013, according to the Department of Education. Harvard has received $93 million, nearly 10 percent of all grant money of Chinese origin. Those figures, however, may be underestimating the degree of financial dependence between elite schools and the Chinese regime. The Education Department launched a probe into Harvard and Yale University in February, citing concerns that the two universities might have failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts. Harvard did not respond to a request for comment.
This is a disgusting example of selling out our country for filthy lucre. And it’s not just Harvard. The problem is endemic among American universities.
Of course, if President Trump tries to take action to block Chinese influence in academia, you can be sure that colleges will cry wolf about academic freedom.
Don’t be fooled. They don’t care about freedom. Power and money are their only motivations.