The State of the Ivy League

 

“My body inhaled molecules of white supremacy as they seeped out of my computer.” The person who wrote that sentence was admitted to the pre-med program at Harvard.

I took an inorganic chemistry exam the same day that a grand jury failed to charge two police officers with the murder of Breonna Taylor. That day, my body inhaled molecules of white supremacy as they seeped out of my computer from that proctored Zoom room. They entered my bloodstream and catalyzed a metabolism that would allow for the invasion of my body by a violently infectious life form. A chronic pain, caused by the perpetuation of lethally unjust practices and compounded by the silence and avoidance between myself and my educators when it comes to Black women’s lives, would make its way through and onto neighboring cells within my physical being. The presence of the germ of white supremacy would cause a steric hindrance within me, slowing down and even preventing the reactions of learning and healing that I desperately needed for myself and from others in that moment. The exam began, and I haven’t been able to show up mentally or emotionally in a science class since.

She obviously wasn’t cut out for medicine, but if she’s really good at melodrama and missing work, there’s a blue-state congressional seat just waiting for her.

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  1. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    I’d call that a win for the medical profession, but a loss for Harvard: losing a black gal in pre-med is going to leave a mark on their D&I stats. Shoot, they might end up with yet another entirely qualified and serious Asian kid. That won’t look good….

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  2. Headedwest Coolidge
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    How to say you aren’t capable of doing the coursework without saying you aren’t capable of doing the coursework.

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  3. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness.  My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye.  The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me. 

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.  

    Social justice advocates of color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?).  The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

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  4. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix…

    My friend Chris (ze/zir) says I should finish med school and open a clinic in rural Ghana to serve people with no available care. But they eat a lot of goat there, and I’m vegan.

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  5. KCVolunteer Lincoln
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness. My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye. The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me.

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.

    Social justice advocates or color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?). The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

    How long before this is plagiarized by a student?

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  6. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    I’d say the person who wrote that tripe has a great future as a “Humanities” lecturer at one of our major universities. They certainly don’t belong in any of the sciences.

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  7. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    My brain must be half asleep, but it appears in the wording in the URL link that she was indeed accepted. 

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  8. Old Bathos Moderator
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    @OldBathos

    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness. My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye. The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me.

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.

    Social justice advocates or color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?). The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

    How long before this is plagiarized by a student?

    If you steal utter and complete BS is that really a crime?

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  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    @CliffordBrown

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    I’d say the person who wrote that tripe has a great future as a “Humanities” lecturer at one of our major universities. They certainly don’t belong in any of the sciences.

    Or, perhaps this a a brilliant young woman with a wicked sense of humor, knowingly playing the Harvard admissions team hard. 

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  10. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    I hope #3 and #4 are on-track as comments of the week.

    Crimenutely.  What a loon. A look at the rest of her oeuvre doesn’t disappoint, either  This one starts out hailing Meghan Markle, and ends with a paranoia reminiscent of poor Princess Di in her final days:

    Black American women lay awake at night sending hushed prayers into the universe for Meghan’s emotional and physical safety. We were afraid because we knew better than to believe that the colorism that opened the doors would shield her from the anti-Blackness that would ultimately throw her out. We know better than to believe that our princess could ever truly be considered royal, especially knowing that the world fears any ounce of Blackness that threatens to permeate its perfectly constructed white castles. In fact, some would kill us over it.

    As for this one, I don’t expect Harvard to commiserate when I die either.  Why would it?  Much talk of death in this woman’s writing.  That’s probably significant, perhaps even clinically.

    When we die, nobody says our names. Nobody cries at our funerals. Harvard doesn’t offer commiseration. What’s more, though, is that when we’re living the world would rather see us contorted and distorted in pixels and in person — holding our breath until we reach the brink of death — than hold us in high regard.

    My dad spent a year as a Harvard Fellow back in the early 1960s when it was, largely, still Harvard.  Now, it’s all, Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food.

    Dive into the exciting topic of chocolate and learn about its sociohistorical legacy and relevancy to real-world questions related to chocolate consumption, social justice, and more.

    Just what the world needs, an obsessive preoccupation with the social justice of chocolate.

    I wonder if white chocolate is racist? Maybe I should sign up for the course and find out.

    I really have lived too long.

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  11. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness. My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye. The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me.

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.

    Social justice advocates or color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?). The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

    How long before this is plagiarized by a student?

    I figured he had plagiarized this from a student.

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  12. Old Bathos Moderator
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness. My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye. The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me.

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.

    Social justice advocates or color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?). The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

    How long before this is plagiarized by a student?

    I figured he had plagiarized this from a student.

    I produce my own doggerel, thank you.

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  13. aardo vozz Member
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness. My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye. The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me.

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.

    Social justice advocates of color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?). The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

    I think I would like this more if it were more coherent, and then realized that the incoherence may have been the point 🤯🤯🤯🤯

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  14. Old Bathos Moderator
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    aardo vozz (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Even the innocent pleasure of a handful of artisan organic trail mix provides no respite from my whiteness. My fair trade alpaca vest pretends to be pebble but I cannot help but think it hides a whiteness under culture-mimicking dye. The polluted rains fall on industrialized concrete atop raped native lands. That steady sound accuses me.

    Carbon-poison-spewing vehicles on the street below mock me with rude passing sounds as if to remind me of my powerlessness to undo my primordial sins.

    Social justice advocates of color have rightfully burned down the Earth Market and thus my only source of artisan flour so tonight I will fast in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere until Muffy arrives around 8 with organic Tuscan kale salad and we will prep for tomorrow’s Physics 202 exam about the implicit racism in Kepler’s Laws (the sheer whiteness of “Laws” patriarchally imposed on nature is triggering, is it not?). The purity of nature with all the numbers and formulas removed is the key to erasing the stains of whiteness from our mother Gaia.

    I think I would like this more if it were more coherent, and then realized that the incoherence may have been the point 🤯🤯🤯🤯

    “The point” is hegemonic word rape. 

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  15. Ekosj Member
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    @Ekosj

    I remember hearing a comedian quip …

    ”Somewhere out there is the worst doctor in America.    No. … Really.   It’s a statistical certainty.   And tomorrow morning, someone has an appointment with them.”

     

    Seems like this person is setting up to be in the race to the bottom a few years from now.

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  16. jonb60173 Member
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    @jonb60173

    Wow, the scary thing is that represents a cogent and coherent argument to millions of Americans……

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  17. Doug Kimball Thatcher
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    My brain must be half asleep, but it appears in the wording in the URL link that she was indeed accepted.

    One is not admitted to “pre-med” at Harvard, one is admitted to Harvard and enrolls in pre-Med courses.  It used to be that over 50% of students admitted to Ivy schools attempt the pre-Med grind; that may still hold true.  The required courses are rigorous and perhaps even designed to weed out the chaff.  Inorganic chemistry is notorious for challenging those not up to the task of further medical study, however, there is not an easy class among those required, lab courses all except for calculus.  If 50% matriculate and enter the pre-Med grind, about 20% make it to med school.  It’s a hard slog, not so much difficult as exhausting.  No one gets through it who is not dedicated. 

    It seems to me that this woman was struggling with her pre-Med coursework.  She was one of the 30% who washed out.  This had nothing to do with white supremacy.    

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  18. John H. Member
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    @JohnH

    Stuff like this never happens at non-Ivy-League schools. Right?

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  19. drlorentz Member
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    @drlorentz

    Victor Tango Kilo:

    “My body inhaled molecules of white supremacy as they seeped out of my computer.”

    My body inhaled molecules of bravo sierra from an idiot snowflake as they seeped out of my tablet. Fortunately, I recognized this in time to click away. 

    Turn off the screens that promote the corporate media (enemy of the people).

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  20. Front Seat Cat Member
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    While she is trying to sort out her molecules and looking for a safe space to get through just one course, they’ll take her tuition money all the same and wish her well…….

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  21. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    I’d say the person who wrote that tripe has a great future as a “Humanities” lecturer at one of our major universities. They certainly don’t belong in any of the sciences.

    My bet is 1619 Volume II

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  22. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    While she is trying to sort out her molecules and looking for a safe space to get through just one course, they’ll take her tuition money all the same and wish her well…….

    She is probably getting a full-ride equity scholarship.  

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  23. davenr321 Coolidge
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    @davenr321

    PV =nRT is all I have to say. The folks who are making the decisions all got through school; there will always be atrocities to protest, but you’ve got to buy the ticket first.

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  24. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    Okay, so I went and read the whole thing at The Crimson, and I’ve got a couple of observations.

    First, the chick writes pretty well. I don’t know if she’s a diversity pick or not, but either her verbal skills are really good or she’s got someone proofreading for her. I was impressed — not by the content, which is whiny, pathetic, and overwrought, but by the presentation.

    Secondly, she’s a horrible bigot. She’ll probably end up at BLM, where she’ll fuel America’s nascent race war while fleecing black Americans, like the other BLM frauds do.

    Thirdly, the comment feed at The Crimson is having none of it. They recognize her for the pathetic race-baiting drama queen she is, and that pleases me. It reaffirms my belief that America hasn’t gone completely ’round the bend.

    Victim privilege on display.

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  25. She Reagan
    She
    @She

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    Thirdly, the comment feed at The Crimson is having none of it. They recognize her for the pathetic race-baiting drama queen she is, and that pleases me. It reaffirms my belief that America hasn’t gone completely ’round the bend.

    That’s what you and I think when we read it. She and her ilk read it and become even more rage-and-hate-filled because they think that it just proves her right. 

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  26. Henry Racette Contributor
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    She (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    Thirdly, the comment feed at The Crimson is having none of it. They recognize her for the pathetic race-baiting drama queen she is, and that pleases me. It reaffirms my belief that America hasn’t gone completely ’round the bend.

    That’s what you and I think when we read it. She and her ilk read it and become even more rage-and-hate-filled because they think that it just proves her right.

    Oh, I know. But I don’t care what they think. I only care how many of them there are, and how quickly the rest of us wake up and tell them to go away.

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  27. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    Doug Kimball (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    My brain must be half asleep, but it appears in the wording in the URL link that she was indeed accepted.

    One is not admitted to “pre-med” at Harvard, one is admitted to Harvard and enrolls in pre-Med courses. It used to be that over 50% of students admitted to Ivy schools attempt the pre-Med grind; that may still hold true. The required courses are rigorous and perhaps even designed to weed out the chaff. Inorganic chemistry is notorious for challenging those not up to the task of further medical study, however, there is not an easy class among those required, lab courses all except for calculus. If 50% matriculate and enter the pre-Med grind, about 20% make it to med school. It’s a hard slog, not so much difficult as exhausting. No one gets through it who is not dedicated.

    It seems to me that this woman was struggling with her pre-Med coursework. She was one of the 30% who washed out. This had nothing to do with white supremacy.

    Said like a true supremacist.

    In her defense, you’re allowed to write some really stupid crap in college.  If you don’t realize it’s crap about 5 years out of college, you’ve become…..The Chowderhead!

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  28. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    If you steal utter and complete BS is that really a crime?

    It’s not stealing if it’s fewer than 1000 words at a time, at least in Chicago and San Francisco.

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  29. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    @PaulStinchfield

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    I’d say the person who wrote that tripe has a great future as a “Humanities” lecturer at one of our major universities. They certainly don’t belong in any of the sciences.

    Or as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commissar official: She would greatly enjoy harming people of the “wrong” race, sex, religion, politics, etc.

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