Protest flags on the campus of Harvard Law School this morning. pic.twitter.com/TtsA9VWFpP
— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) May 3, 2015
Harvard Law students staged what I suppose was meant to be a “protest” against police violence, sticking a series of upside-down American flags into the ground with the names of those killed by police in the first few months of 2015. No details of each case are given, leading one to believe that each killing was essentially a murder in the name of law enforcement.
Note, this is the same law school that nearly honored a female lawyer whose organization was involved in the creation of a “notorious, anti-cop rap video” in February. Last year, the prestigious Ivy League university permitted law school students to postpone final exams so that they could adequately focus on protesting the non-indictments of cops in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, a decision that set a precedent for law schools in the Baltimore area.
Recently the law school devoted a conference to “tackling” what has been dubbed “implicit racial bias” in the legal profession: “…how cognitive processes are unconsciously formed and affected by biases and prejudices that can be ingrained from years of social learning and by negative stereotypes.” In other words, these law students are being convinced that the system is inherently racist. The question becomes, what kind of biases will they be carrying out of the classroom and into the court room?