Harvard Has the Luxury of Being Woke

Harvard Business School students cheer during graduation ceremonies in 2009. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
While other institutions practicing Harvard’s brand of diversity and inclusion must worry about the costs of wokeness, Harvard has the resources and the prestige to bear them.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T oday’s progressive elite broadcasts its virtue through devotion to causes such as Black Lives Matter; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and anti-racist efforts in the classroom and in corporate culture. Popular culture has called the collective sum of these efforts “wokeness,” which is a neologism used to describe various efforts to sound progressive and hip on social and racial issues. Yet we now know the costs of woke policies, including racial preferences, anti-racist trainings, and defunding the police. Racial preferences cost the California taxpayer an estimated 10 percent increase in expenses for public-construction contracts because of requirements that minority-owned businesses be

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