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The Fuss Over Harvard’s Cheery Holiday Placemats for ‘Discussions On Race And Justice With Loved Ones’

At Harvard, this has arrived in the form of a “Holiday Placemat for Social Justice,” an initiative from the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion which was met with a recoil and an apology from two Harvard College deans this week. These placemats, distributed in undergraduate dining halls, offered a script for answering questions about some of the more controversial topics of the year, from “Islamaphobia [sic]/Refugees” to “Black murders in the street.” The “placemat guide for holiday discussions on race and justice with loved ones” offers a script for answering questions pertaining to these subjects.