Harvard to change its 181-year-old anthem to be more inclusive

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Ever wonder what the head of a university “Presidential Task Force for Inclusion and Belonging” does? Stuff like this: Changing the lyrics of an almost two-century old anthem.

Government professor Danielle S. Allen, the co-chair of just such a task force at Harvard, announced plans to alter the final line of the school’s 181-year-old alma mater “Fair Harvard” at a three-hour(!) event this past Wednesday, according to the Harvard Crimson.

The “offensive” lyric reads “Till the stock of the Puritans die.”

But that’s not all. Allen’s group is “launching a second competition for ‘a new musical variant’ of the alma mater that could be performed as electronic, hip hop, or spoken word music.”

“The inspiration is ‘Hamilton.’ The point is to use your imagination,” the group’s website says.

Such a variant would not displace the original; it would, however, serve as an “endorsed alternative.”

One thought on “Harvard to change its 181-year-old anthem to be more inclusive”

  1. Stephen says:

    “Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are fundamental to our missions and to our identity…..” please explain in detail how the words “Till the stock of the Puritans die.” is offensive to any intelligent human being Danielle?

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